Grand Rapids Gypsum Mines

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According the a Feb 18, 2014 article on Fox 17 West Michigan, “In earlier days MNS would give tours in the mines to kids and students, but much of that has been stopped. That said, college students through geology departments and with instructors can sometimes visit the mines for educational purposes.”

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I was one of those students. I think it was back in 1976, my 9th grade Earth Science class went on a field trip in those mines. After a short lecture we were allowed to roam free for a few hours, best field trip I ever went on.
Later, in my 30’s, I was doing electrical work there and the owner let me roam the mines alone after work. That was like 25 or more years ago, I’m sure they wouldn’t allow that now. I was on that job for a week and didn’t even know I was working above the mines until they had power go out in a storage area and we had to go down and troubleshoot it. I told him about my field trip and how I loved it, then he asked if I’d like to check them out after work.

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