Number 132 on my list is “Take a boat tour of Bonne Terre Mine in Bonne Terre, Missouri.” I think I first found out about it when I came across a photo on Pinterest. When I saw that the mine was in Missouri, I knew I needed to go. We made the trip in October with my parents.
One of the major highlights of the Bonne Terre Mine is the billion gallon lake, which is 17 miles long. It was amazing how big the mine is (and we only saw part of it on the tour!)
The mine is kind of a big deal. It has been featured in National Geographic and USA Today, among other publications. It is best known for being a fantastic diving spot. However, we skipped going underwater and went on the walking/boat tour instead.
I thought it was fascinating that there are 3 levels of the mine that are completely submerged in water, including a “ghost town” where the miners lived. If you are into diving (or want to be), this would be such a cool place to explore! It made me (almost) want to conquer my claustrophobic fears and jump in.
The tour itself was interesting and informative, and the mine was eerily beautiful. I would definitely recommend that you stop by if you’re in the area. It felt a bit surreal after the tour as we drove through Bonne Terre, knowing there was a whole other world under the town.
P.S. My photos don’t really do the mine justice. Check out this article by St. Louis Magazine for another look.