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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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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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Sweet Home Schuylkill County

Contains some adult language that may be objectionable to some viewers.

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Workin’ In a Coal Mine

Dirty Job’s Mike Rowe goes deep inside an Anthracite mine just outside Pottsville in Schuykill County, Pennsylvania where he gets down and dirty during a shift in the mines with Steve Rothermel and co-workers at the R. S.& W. Coal company workings. If you are from the Coal Region, you will recognize the western Schuylkill 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

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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 Read More