Tag: company towns

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

  We’ve written beforeĀ aboutĀ 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

women in the anthracite coal region, women's work, women's labor, slatepickers

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…