Bonne Terre Mine Dive

Bonne Terre Mine Dive;click an the image to play video
Bonne Terre mine was worked for almost 100 years by the St. Joe Lead Company until 1960 when the demand for lead dwindled and the mine finally closed in 1962. When the mine was abandoned, the pumps that kept it dry were turned off. Over the years, fresh groundwater seeped into the mine, not only filling this man-made wonder, but covering forever the tools and equipment left behind by the discouraged miners. After nearly a century of continuous operation, they were suddenly without the livelihood they had come to depend on. Doug and Cathy Goergens first dove the mine in 1978 and certain they had found something special, managed to acquire the rights to it in 1981. Starting with cave lights and reel lines, they have developed it into one of the most unique dive locations in the world.


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