Ride by rail 1600' into the earth and tour the No. 9 Mine - the world's oldest continually operated anthracite coal mine (1855-1972). Visitors will also find the Wash House (Shanty) just as it stood when it was built in 1923. In the Mine, visitors get to inspect a 900' deep mine shaft and see a coal miner's hospital cut right into the earth. The Wash Shanty Museum houses the region's largest collection of mining memorabilia. This museum is the Panther Valley's "family attic" filled with equipment and artifacts of the anthracite coal industry. Members and staff of the Panther Creek Valley Foundation look forward to taking you on a stroll into centuries past.