These Old Mines Were ABANDONED Until Someone Found A New Purpose For Them!

Hi, it’s Katrina! From entire amusement parks to man-made lakes,
here are 8 mines that have been given a new purpose! 8. Louisville Mega Cavern Underneath all ten lanes of the Watterson
Expressway and parts of the local zoo in Louisville, Kentucky, there’s a 100-acre former limestone
mine known as the Louisville Mega Cavern. It’s classified as a building because of
its support structures, and is therefore technically the largest building in the state of Kentucky. The cavern is also the largest recycling facility
in the state by tonnage! Surprise! The cavern started out as Louisville Crushed
Stone and remained in operation for over 42 years during the mid-20th century, from the
1930’s to the 1970’s. Private investors acquired the property in
1989 with the intentions of developing it into an environmentally-friendly high security
commercial storage facility. Since the early 1990’s, over 850,000 truckloads
of backfill have been delivered to the cavern to raise the floor levels and create roads
and warehouse space. The underground cavern currently has various
uses, including for business, recycling, storage, and tourism. This place features zip lines, tram tours,
a dirt bike track, and an annual holiday lights display. Year-round, the facility is kept at an average
temperature of 58 degrees Fahrenheit (14.4 degrees Celsius). It has two seasons, however – a wet summer
and a dry winter. Luckily, the building is equipped with a dehumidifier,
and remains comfortable year-round. 7. Salina Turda Amusement Park The Salina Turda amusement park in Romania
is located within one of the world’s oldest salt mines, which dates back to the 17th century. Between then and 1932, when the mine officially
closed, over three billion tons of salt were mined from this site underneath Turda, Transylvania,
which lies 400 feet below the ground’s surface. Before it ultimately became an amusement park,
the space also served as a World War II-era bomb shelter and a cheese warehouse. All kinds of stuff! Salina Turda features numerous attractions,
including a ferris wheel, an underground lake with row and paddle boats, ping pong, a bowling
alley, an amphitheater, and mini golf courses. For visitors seeking wellness treatments,
the mine also has a spa that maintains constant environmental conditions. There are also tours, along with some of the
old mining equipment, for those seeking to learn about the historical aspect of the mine. Admissions prices vary based on package, but
a basic adult admission is only $4 USD (15 lei). 6. Subtropolis Business Park In 2014, this $60 million data center was
opened in a former underground limestone mine in Kansas City, Missouri. It was developed by Lamar Hunt, the late owner
of the Kansas City Chiefs, in collaboration with Hunt Midwest Real Estate Development. The walls of the facility are six times stronger
than concrete. Thanks to the mining activity, electrical
infrastructure was already in place. During hot summers, the data center takes
advantage of its naturally cool subsurface environment. SubTropolis claims to be the world’s largest
underground storage facility, and this may very well be true, as the man-made cave occupies
55,000,000 square feet (5,100,000 square meters), or around 1,100 acres (4.5 square kilometers). The venue has even trademarked the phrase
“World’s Largest Underground Business Complex.” There’s another underground data center
in an unused 145-acre limestone mine in Butler County, Pennsylvania – it’s known as the
Iron Mountain National Data Center. Located 220 feet underground and in a no-earthquake
zone, the facility is safe from essentially every type of natural disaster and features
a cafe and its own fire department. 5. Wieliczka Salt Mine and Health Resort The 800-year-old Wieliczka Salt Mine is located
in southern Poland in the town of Wieliczka, which is part of the Krakow metropolitan area. The mine was excavated in the 13th century
and continuously produced sodium chloride, or table salt, until 2007. That is a really long time! As the result of falling salt prices and mine
flooding, commercial salt mining was discontinued in 1996. It was one of the world’s oldest operating
salt mines at the time salt production ended. During World War II, the mine was occupied
by the Germans and was used for manufacturing war materials. Nowadays, the Wieliczka Salt Mine is an official
Polish Historic Monument. Since 1978, it has been a UNESCO World Heritage
Site. At the Krakow Salt Works Museum, visitors
interested in the mine’s history can tour the labyrinths and shafts, as well as displays
of salt mining technology. There’s also an underground lake, statues
carved by miners and contemporary sculptors out of rock salt, and four chapels. Even the chandelier crystals are made out
of rock salt! The 2.2-mile (3.5 km) visitor’s route makes
up just two percent of the total length of the mine passages. The mine also contains a health resort that
offers a variety of “subterraneo therapy” services. It’s located in a part of the mine that
used to be a series of horse stables. According to the resort’s website, the underground
air has healing properties because it is unpolluted, and is particularly beneficial for people
with asthma, allergies and/or respiratory issues. There are a number of wellness treatments
available at the center during the day, and there’s also an overnight option. The temperature in the sleeping area is constantly
anywhere between 55.4 and 58.1 degrees Fahrenheit (13-14.5 Celsius), so if you decide to slumber
there, make sure you pack warm pajamas! 4. Lake Ore-Be-Gone Lake Ore-Be-Gone is an artificial freshwater
lake in Gilbert, Minnesota that was made by flooding three open-pit ore mines with water. The tranquil lake is known for its crystal-clear
water, which looks “almost tropical” on an especially sunny day. The area surrounding the lake has been subject
to land reclamation and now hosts beaches and docks. Lake Ore-Be-Gone is known for walleye, northern
pike, and trout fishing, as well as sunken attractions that can be explored via scuba
diving. There’s also a nearby camping area that
offers simple tent sites, as well as full-service RV sites with water, electric, and sewer hook-ups. So, whether you’re a camper or a glam-per,
this mine-turned-lake is a great place to visit for some much-needed rest and relaxation. 3. White Mountain Publications Bookstore In the Cobalt Mining District of Northern
Ontario, you can find White Mountain Publications, an independent bookstore which is also most
likely the world’s only bookstore that’s part of an old silver mine. More than 32.5 million ounces of silver were
extracted through the very same building between 1904 and 1924. Aside from being a bookstore and a publisher’s
office, the National Historic Site was also previously repurposed as a grocery store that
used the mine shaft as a refrigerator, a wig store, a mining developer’s office, and
the Firefighter’s Museum. The bookstore is dedicated to preserving Northern
Ontario’s stories and history, and its location in an old mining building is therefore very
fitting. White Mountain Publications began as a publishing
house and has published and sold more than 270 titles since 1992. It’s been open to the public since July
2014, when the company moved to their current location. There’s a park across the street from the
store, where you can sit and enjoy your new purchase. Unfortunately, if you stop in, you won’t
be able to catch a glance of the bookstore’s 350-foot mineshaft, because it’s been filled
in. However, if you’re a book lover who believes
in supporting local businesses and you find yourself in Northern Ontario sometime, stop
in and check the place out! 2. Creekside Mushrooms Ltd. Located in Worthington, PA, Creekside Mushrooms
Ltd. was once the world’s largest mushroom facility and the nation’s only underground
mushroom operation. The facility was located within an old limestone
mine, whose subterranean conditions proved to be ideal for growing white button mushrooms. Inside the former mine, it was always 62 degrees
and moist, and because growing the mushrooms requires cool temperatures and high humidity,
this was the perfect setting for the task. Additionally, white button mushrooms don’t
require light, so no money was lost on electricity bills, and the workers got by using flashlights
and wearing hard hats with small lamps. The mushrooms grown in the clean soil at Creekside’s
underground facility were firmer and more nutritious than those grown above-ground in
peat moss. They were also certified 100 percent organic. Everything necessary to grow the mushrooms
was produced on-site, including their shipping containers and the compost they were grown
in. The sprawling, 800-acre underground mushroom
farm was capable of growing up to 60 million pounds of mushrooms annually and employed
hundreds of locals. Unfortunately, the facility closed in 2010. 1. Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira This Roman Catholic church was built 200 meters
(220 yards) below ground in the tunnels of a former salt mine near the Colombian town
of Zipaquira, about 49 kilometers (30 miles) north of Bogota. It serves as both a place of pilgrimage and
a tourist destination, and is considered one of the most notable achievements of Colombian
architecture. I’ve been here and it is pretty amazing! The salt deposits were formed 250 million
years ago and were elevated above sea level during the formation of the Andes Mountains. Today, the mine site sits at an altitude of
8,701 feet. Since the fifth century BCE, the halite mines
were exploited. Around 1932, mine workers built a sanctuary
on the site that the church was eventually located on. Every day before starting work, they prayed
here. Construction of the original Salt Cathedral
began in 1950, and it was officially inaugurated on August 15, 1954. Due to safety concerns and structural problems
that came along with being located within an active mine, the Cathedral was closed by
authorities in September 1992. Construction on a new cathedral had already
started the previous year, 200 feet below the old one. It was officially inaugurated on December
16, 1995. As many as 3,000 people visit the church every
Sunday for religious services. It lacks a bishop, however, and is therefore
not considered an official Catholic cathedral. The cathedral is part of a larger complex
called Parque de la Sal, or Salt Park, a 79-acre property featuring artwork, geological displays,
depictions of the mining process, and educational displays about sustainable development and
environmentally-friendly mining. Thanks for watching!! Have you ever visited any of these places? Let me know in the comments below! And share your travels with me on Instagram
at Katrinaexplained!! Be sure to subscribe if you haven’t already
and I’ll see you next time!!

32 Replies to “These Old Mines Were ABANDONED Until Someone Found A New Purpose For Them!”

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  3. Efilwen Shy says:

    No i was here first and i liked first

  4. Annie Fellowes says:

    third comment! only 5 likes and 25 views

  5. Rebecca Pauley says:

    Abandoned things are always creepy

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  10. SM MEDIA says:

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  11. Jxite says:

    i am the 11th to comment

  12. Phoenix 1 says:

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  16. Vlad Fane says:

    The location from which the thumbnail photo was made it's in Romania

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  18. james briggs says:

    thats nice to know. thanks katrina

  19. Jason Smith says:

    Louissssville ha

  20. Patrick.R.Fernandes Fernandes says:

    I like your videos good and informative about the world's heritage

  21. JEL888 says:

    It's pronounced Loo-uh-vul

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  23. Mel Maxx says:

    What exactly are they “storing”?

  24. Space Pirates says:

    Fantastic job Katrina! Happy 🍟- day 😜

  25. melissa patterson says:

    Hi 👋🏻

  26. Karla Kirkpatrick says:

    what about the shrine in a saltmine in Poland?

  27. Gary Daniel says:

    A mine is a terrible thing to waste.

  28. Nelson Richards says:

    picture of toronto with the epic crane fail. put a crane on the roof cant get it off! lol 7:00 top right next to td tower.

  29. Wayne says:

    The mention northern Ontario and show the CN tower… lol.

  30. Saatvik Mishra says:


  31. northbound1017 says:

    Why do most of these narrators over dramatize the script? We’re not first graders. The insulting inflections to “make it more exciting“ is an insult. Just read.
    Also pronounce correctly. It’s not Loo-IS-ville, it’s LOO-uh-vahl.

  32. Rylan Zamsky-Raine says:

    They call it a mine!

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