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The Pennsylvania Lumber Museum has recently completed a $5 million expansion project. The new museum will feature updated/expanded exhibits, including a changing exhibit hall that will allow for short-run exhibits and interpretation. A new group space with a certified kitchen is ideal for weddings and reunions
The Coudersport Ice Mine, a legendary Potter County attraction, was closed for 25 years before reopening in the spring of 2014. The Coudersport Ice Mine was accidentally discovered in 1894 by Billy O'Neil while he was using a divining rod to try and locate a silver mine which was thought to be somewhere in Ice Mountain. When Mr. O'Neil started digging, he found layers of ice, not silver. In time, the digging continued until the shaft was 10' long, 8 wide and some 30'deep. The Ice Mine is located in the side of a hill completely sheltered from the sun and wind. Ice begins to form in April and is usually melted by October. Edwin Swift Balch has described the Ice Mine as a true "glaciere naturelle" or natural refrigerator. He states that even though the Coudersport Ice Mine is small, it is the most impressive one known in the eastern United States.
The Wildlife Center at Sinnemahoning State Park, located on the Potter/Cameron County line, was completed in 2011. A new visitor center and park office opened in the northern section of the park. The 9300 square foot facility provides office space, improved visitor services, and a gallery of interactive exhibits that will help connect the visitor to the park and the PA Wilds region. Enjoy state-of-the-art interpretive exhibits, opportunities to view wildlife, and learn about green building design at the new Wildlife Center at Sinnemahoning.
The 339-acre Kinzua Bridge State Park, located in nearby McKean County, is the home of the newly reinvented Kinzua Viaduct. The Viaduct, once known as the longest and tallest railroad structure at 2,053 feet long and 301 feet high, was partially destroyed by a tornado in 2003. In 2011, the engineering masterpiece was reinvented as a new pedestrian walkway where visitors can stroll 600 feet out on the remaining support towers, peer miles out into the Kinzua Gorge, as well as peer down into the partial glass platform at the end of the walkway. Picnicking and trail opportunities are available. The Kinzua Bridge Scenic Byway is a designated shared use hike/bike corridor.