250 Years of PA Anthracite

Plans are underway to celebrate “King Coal”

Celebrating the anniversary of coal is a tricky business. That’s because there are many different interpretations of its history. If you ask 10 historians for the history of coal, you’re likely to hear 10 different stories.

But there’s a move afoot to launch the 250th anniversary of coal in 2018, predicated on the first successful industrial use of anthracite, according to historian and marketing strategist Scott Herring, Tamaqua native now of Hellertown. Herring, a geologist, has spent nearly 50 years capturing images of Pennsylvania’s coal regions in black-and-white and color photography.


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