Guided Bevans Mine Tour

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Your underground adventure awaits! The Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums is located in the heart of the Driftless Area between Madison, Wisconsin, and the Mississippi River, surrounded by hilly farm country. A guided tour from May to October also includes the underground 1845 Bevans Lead Mine and a ride through campus in a 1931 mine train.

Museum exhibits document the history of Platteville and rural life in this nook of the Driftless, and especially the history of lead and zinc mining in the Upper Mississippi Valley mining district — the place that Mississippi Valley Type (MVT) deposits are named for.

These limestone-hosted lead-zinc deposits created a famous Lead Rush in the 1820s that led directly to Wisconsin statehood and earned Wisconsin the name "the Badger State." The zinc minerals sustained the region through the two World Wars until the 1970s.

The mining industry and UW-Platteville is the reason Platteville Mound sports the world’s largest “M” commemorating this heritage!



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Average 4.75 out of 5 stars based on 4 verified reviews from Cool Destinations and TripAdvisor

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Penny S, Aug 2021 Verified
What a great museum. Both the mining exhibit and the Rollo Jamison exhibits were excellent. The story of Rollo Jamison, whose collection lived with him in Beetown Wi during his lifetime, is especially interesting. I also admired the collection of horse drawn vehicles - especially the Standard Oil “tanker” wagon. We spent about 30 minutes in the museum and did the one hour mine tour and mine train ride. Fascinating look at an industry that helped establish WI statehood by drawing settlers to mining and related ventures. Enjoyed the staff, too.
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Dana_B, Jul 2021 Verified
Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable of the history of mining in the Platteville area. The tour group was full of curious inquisitors and she graciously answered every question. I toured with my husband and 2 small children and she was very patient with their busy body personalities. I would recommend this tour to my friends!
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savvygrammy, Jul 2019 Verified
We took our grandchildren (ages 2 and 7) and were treated to a wonderful guided tour of the mine. Our guide was super informative and answered all of the the questions our inquisitive seven year old asked! The Jamison Museum is included with the tour which includes interactive stations for the kids. We all had a great time and will be going back very soon.
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SSAubie, Jul 2021 Verified
The tour was educational on mining techniques and it was a fun quick tour. The train was not working that day so we did not get to ride it.

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