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Lithuanians Journeyed to U.S. to Work Anthracite

During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, an estimated 300,000 Lithuanians journeyed to America. This number is hard to document fully because census records did not officially recognize Lithuanians as a separate nationality until the twentieth century, and the country’s people may have been reported as Russian, Polish, or Jewish. Several cities and large READ MORE >>

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The Coal Region – Railroad Connection

By 1825, the Schuylkill Navigation Company had completed the Schuylkill Canal, which allowed for the transport of anthracite from Pottsville to Philadelphia in barges capable of holding 200 tons. In 1842, the first train by the P & R Railroad (Philadelphia & Reading) from Philadelphia made the trip to Pottsville (Pa.) to compete for the READ MORE >>

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The Mahanoy Plane Engineering Feat

The Mahanoy Plane is an engineering feat that moved hundreds of millions of tons of anthracite coal up Broad Mountain, just north of Frackville, PA.  What made this mega-machine run was a tandem frictional rope with a 6,000 horsepower steam hoist at Mahanoy Plane. The anthracite coal from the surrounding 48 collieries went through the READ MORE >>

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Mining Anthracite Coal in Pennsylvania during WW2

“Drive for Anthracite”, Made by the Office of War Information for the War Production Board. This is the era of my Dad, although he went from working in the mines to being as soldier in WWII in the Italian Campaign. When he returned to the States, he returned to the mines…

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Inside Anthracite Mining

From the 1930s, a great explanation of Anthracite mining and how things work. Filmed at Glen Alden Coal, and I believe it would be the Huber Breaker in Ashley, Pa, outside Wilkes-Barre.

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Mine Subsidences

There are more than a million homes in Pennsylvania that sit on top of abandoned coal mines, and although there is not really any way to prevent a hole from caving in, there is one thing you can do before it happens. If you’re on top of an old coal mine, please get mine subsidence READ MORE >>

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Images of the Pennsylvania Anthracite Region

A stylish, and sometimes haunting, collection of photos of the coal region and what once was. Please feel free to leave a comment if you recognize, or have a connection, to a place in this collection. VIEW THE EXHIBIT

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A Coal Cracker Remembers

John J. Stoffey was 95 when he died in early January 2017.  He wrote what he called “Memories of a Coal Cracker” in the 1960s.   Bill White, from The Morning Call, shares his memories with us. READ MORE

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Black Lung Returns to Coal Country

The deadly coal miners’ disease is surging back despite rules created to control the disease. What is Black Lung? An “Epidemic” Among Miners Advanced Black Lung Cases Surge in Appalachia Spike in Black Lung Cases Strain Federal Benefits Program Surface Miners at Risk For Black Lung