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The Pioneer Tunnel, Coal Mine Souvenir, and Gift shop offer a unique variety of gifts, jewelry, clothing, and collectibles. Many of the souvenirs are handcrafted by local artisans. Unusual items featured are beautiful coal and gem trees along with miniature pewter animals, figurines, and trains which are mounted on pieces of coal, amethyst, pyrite, and agate. There are also many unique pieces that feature mining scenes and trains which are mounted on "fool's gold," amethyst, and geodes. For the rock collectors, we offer the area's largest selection of rocks, gems, minerals, and fossils. For the train buff, we have a large assortment of train-related items and souvenirs. Adults and children enjoy everything from railroad hats, lights, and whistles to trains in all shapes and sizes.
A local artisan creates beautiful trains hand-crafted from wood. There is a wide variety of books on coal mining and its rich heritage, Centralia, the Mollie Maguires, rocks, and minerals for adults as well as children.
Beautiful, framed prints by local artists featuring coal mining scenes are for sale.
Jewelry made with coal, polished rocks, and gems is very popular. Parents can buy Christmas stocking filled with lumps of coal for their naughty children. The Pioneer Tunnel gift shop sells a large variety of top-quality hats, tee-shirts featuring their own custom-made logos for children and adults.
One of the most popular items in the gift shop is "Coal Candy." and (Quantity is Limited!) This tasty candy is a local specialty, and people come from far and wide to purchase it.
It is a hard candy that comes in chunks, is black in color, flavored like licorice, and resembles a lump of coal. Children and adults alike enjoy our great selection of nostalgic candy reminiscent of candy found in old-time general stores. Another popular are old-fashioned "rock candy" sticks, which come in a variety of flavors.
Visitors can peruse coal mining memorabilia and artifacts on display throughout the gift shop. Because of the thousands of school children who visit Pioneer Tunnel on field trips every year and the many families who bring children, the staff of the Pioneer Tunnel strives to offer gifts that are not only unique and fun but is educational and affordable.