Bus Trip to Sterling Hill Mining Museum

Posted On 03 Jul 2018
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Inside the exhibit hall

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Sterling Hill Mining Museum in Ogdensburg, New Jersey






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Zinc ore from a Sterling Hill mine. Red = zincite, black = franklinite, white = calcite. Specimen is 6.3 cm wide.

Franklinite-willemite-calcite rock fluorescing

Saturday, August 11

Get on the bus to Sterling Hill Mining Museum in Ogdensburg, NJ!

Visit an underground zinc mine and much more! 

All are welcome. Kids and teens are free and adults pay only the price of admission!

Sterling Hill was a commercial zinc mine from 1914 to 1986. Purchased by a local family interested in mining history, it opened to the public for educational tours in 1990.
“Visitors to the Sterling Hill Mining Museum step into a piece of New Jersey history as they enter the grounds of this former industrial site.  The museum exhibits and other facilities are housed in the original buildings used by the New Jersey Zinc Company when the mine was operational…..The Sterling Hill Mining Museum is the only place in New Jersey where members of the public can tour a large underground mine and see for themselves how mining was done at one of the world’s most famous mineral localities.” (sterlinghillminingmuseum.org)

Tour includes a visit to the Zobel Exhibit Hall and the Underground Mine.

Zobel Exhibit Hall

The Zobel Exhibit Hall contains thousands of mining-related items on display, including equipment used for explosives, moving and crushing ore, mine ventilation, mine lighting, and laboratory study of the ores.  Also featured are displays of the local fluorescent minerals, and large mineral samples out in the open, meant to be touched.

Underground Mine

A 1,300-ft underground walking tour through the Sterling Hill mine is a featured part of the tour.  Within the mine passages are numerous pieces of equipment used while the mine was in operation, plus exhibits on the mining process.  Visitors will see the lamp room, the shaft station, mine galleries dating to the 1830’s, the ever-popular fluorescent “Rainbow Tunnel,” a sight-and-sound blasting demonstration (drift round) and much more. The mine tour takes approximately one hour and 15  minutes and is accessible by wheelchairs and strollers.

The Thomas S. Warren Museum of Flourescence

Substances that glow under ultraviolet light, the phenomenon known as fluorescence, are illustrated in the Thomas S. Warren Museum of Fluorescence in various ways — by minerals, rocks, household objects, decorative objects, even liquids. Click here to see samples.

We will meet at the library at 9:00 a.m. and return by 5:00 p.m.
Tour admission fee for adults is $11 (seniors $10).
Bring a bag lunch or purchase lunch in the cafeteria.
The mine is 56 degrees, so bring a light jacket or sweater.
We will be traveling in a coach bus equipped with a restroom.
The bus ride will take approximately one hour in each direction.
For more info, go to sterlinghillminingmuseum.org.
Call to register: (845) 888-8004. Priority goes to residents of the Mamakating Library District.
The bus trip is provided by Stewart’s Holiday Match and the Friends of Mamakating Library.

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