See our work restoring this mine here – Brooks Drift Mine Rehabilitation
The Brooks Mine was first conceived by Reese J. Brooks in 1900 as a show piece for anthracite mining while Nay Aug Park was being developed. Brooks, who served for many years as superintendent of the Capouse Mine of the Lackawanna Iron and Steel Co, opened the drift mine publicly in 1902 as an exhibition while he was the operator of the Greenwood Mine in the Minooka – Moosic area. He brought several colliery miners to excavate the drift. While not a large mine by any means, at 150 feet long, there is a sizable coal deposit inside. The mine is driven into the outcrop of the Dunmore no.2 and 3 Veins of coal as a fault brings them together at the surface. The mine was closed in 1938 and sat neglected until it would receive a major upgrade. In 1953 it was retimbered by the Moffat coal company, the electric lighting upgraded by the Scranton Police Traffic Repair Squad, and mannequins installed simulating miners working at the face. Mine cars were added both inside and outside the mine along with an electric mine locomotive as a display. 5 tons of coal was brought in from Moffat to fill the cars. In 1969 the mine was once again retimbered and was ultimately closed in 1975 with the opening of the Lackawanna 190 Slope, Mine Tour. The mannequins and electric mine locomotive were moved to the 190 Slope in the early 1980s and can still be seen there today. The Brooks Mine would remain chained closed only allowing park visitors to get a glimpse of the mine through the gates, until the early 2000s when a wooden seal was put inside the gates blocking the view. In January of 2022 the UGM team began work to reopen the Historic Brooks Drift Mine, aiming for a completion date in the spring of 2023!
US Bureau of Mines inspection, late 1960s.
Surface and underground maps drawn in 1976.