Tired of this heat? Then go where it's 58 degrees all the time, the Exhibition Coal Mine in Beckley, W.Va. Just watch out for widowmakers, exploding methane and black lung.
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- (Photo: WJLA/WJLA/TBD | Date: Jul. 22, 2011)
Fed up with this ridiculous heat, a caravan of us traveled to Beckley, W.Va., this weekend for a tour of the defunct Exhibition Coal Mine. Once a crown jewel in West Virginia's coal industry, the mine today functions as a tourist attraction after closing in 1910. But more importantly, it's a lovely 58 degrees in there every month of the year. As long as you don't stand up or breathe too deeply the mine's a great place to cool off during July in D.C. View its dark and deadly mysteries in this photo gallery.