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Anthracite Coal Region Poetry Round Up

As many of you know, from time to time I find, read, and record poetry written by local poets about their experiences living in and experiencing the Anthracite Coal Region of Northeastern Pennsylvania for all of us to appreciate. For our last Friday in August 2016, I am including a “Poetry Round Up” of these recordings. Going…

Coal Region: A Local Artist

We continue to collect and add voices to the Anthracite Coal Region of Northeastern Pennsylvania project to help shape understanding of the history, culture, and media representations of the Greater Anthracite Region. Please make sure your town/area is represented. We invite you to share a picture/pictures on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Tumblr. You may post…

1902 Anthracite Coal Strike

Background Leading Up to the Coal Strike The United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) became prominent in the late 1890s after a series of immigrant-led protests. One such protest, the 1897 walkout of adolescent mule drivers, culminated in the Lattimer Massacre in September of 1897. Subsequent strikes in 1898 and 1899 asked for the abolition of…

Skies Over Schuylkill County – Aerial Photography 3

(Third in a series)   In previous posts we shared with you two sets of aerial images: the borough of St. Clair, PA and a coal mine at Raven Run, PA. Today we we provide several close-ups showing how Pottsville, PA looked in the 1930s. We enlarged these images from a single aerial photo of Pottsville, PA…

Skies Over Schuylkill County – Aerial Photography 1

(First in a series)   The Dallin Aerial Survey Company made several fly-overs of Schuylkill County in the 1930s. They specialized in photographing business and industry, as well as city and town views. We share some of images results here. In this first post in a series of posts, their single-engine plane flew over St.…

Photographer of the Mines: Pottsville’s George Bretz

First in a series about the photographer and his work We have shared a number of heartbreaking photographs of breaker boys taken by visitors to the Anthracite Region on our Facebook page and we even did an initial blog post on such an image. Binding to our cultural memory, these images have been valuable to understanding…

A Plane Engineering Feat: Facts, Photos and Film of the Mahanoy Plane

  We’ve written before about Mahanoy Plane and we’ve even done a popular Facebook post.   What makes this post so different? Well, we hope we can give you, our dedicated readers, as much information about engineering of the plane. In a future post, we will be moving onto important people, events, buildings, and so on. For…

United 624 Crash in Wilburton, PA June 17, 1948

by Melissa R. Meade Who was on the plane? How close did it come to the colliery? Who took the photographs of the crash scene that were circulated in the Associated Press? The interest in our page’s coverage of the United Airline’s 1948 crash in the coal patch town of Wilburton, Pennsylvania has been overwhelming.…

The Mahanoy Plane, Patch Towns, and Company Scrip

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This image is one of a series and in it, we see the foot of the inclined plane railroad that transported coal from the Mahanoy Plane valley up the Broad Mountain to Frackville. It opened in 1862 and it was part of the Reading Railroad system. The plane closed in 1932. Partial ruins remain in…