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Coal Towns Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Historians with the state say towns are found in 30 Pennsylvania counties. The true number of coal towns across Allegheny, Fayette, Washington and Greene counties is somewhere around 260, according to Chris DellaMea, a Beckley, W.Va., resident who

7 Pennsylvania Ghost Towns Coal Mines & Lumber

2017-2-15  5) Laquin, Pennsylvania. The Laquin ghost town is located in Franklin Township in Bradford County. The town was established in 1902 as a lumber town next to the coal mining

Coal Mining and Coal Towns in Western Pennsylvania

2007-4-3  Coal Mining and Coal Towns in Western Pennsylvania By Dr. Lu, Soo Chun, History Department, Indiana University of Pennsylvania Grade Level: 7-12 Introduction: A block of three lessons on mining in Western Pennsylvania that can be taught in a Geography or History class. Objectives: Students will be able to: a) Interpret primary source material.

Mines and Company Towns Coal Culture Projects

Coal mines, and the company towns that grew up around them, are part of the rich legacy of Pennsylvania’s coal culture. Learn more about life in a company towns through the stories of several nearby company towns and mines.

A Western Pennsylvania Coal Mining Town

Heilwood historical marker that reads: “Heilwood, Named after John Heil Weaver, Pioneer in the Coal Industry, Founded 1904”. The earliest known photo of Heilwood (circa 1906) Having grown up in Heilwood, I was totally unaware of the history of the community. I played in old foundations and roamed through dark, tumble-down buildings

11 Spooky Abandoned Pennsylvania Ghost Towns

2016-4-13  The 36-mile long trail passes through a few former coal mining towns which were abandoned in the early 1900s. If you stick with the entire trail, you'll pass through Bracken, Armerford, Lackawanna No. 3, Wehrum, Scott Glenn, Webster, Beulah, and Claghorn, as well as numerous old coal

20 Things Only People in Pennsylvania's Coal Region Know

2015-12-18  As odd as it sounds, due to acid mine drainage, most of the creeks in Coal Region towns and cities are orange. Caused by sub-surface mining and the abundance of sulfides in the mines, the acid mine

Coal Miner Records Pennsylvania Historical & Museum

Coal Miner Records. The Pennsylvania State Archives hold numerous collections which pertain to persons either employed in or in some way associated with the anthracite (hard coal) and bituminous (soft coal) mining industries of the Commonwealth. The anthracite fields stretch for nearly 500 square miles across portions of northeastern

Ghost towns hidden in the hills of northern Pa. On the

2020-4-1  The incline plane at McIntyre Coal Mines in Ralston, Pa., about 1870. William M. Chase (American, 1817 1901) Albumen silver print 84.XC.979.2917 The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Gift of Weston J. and Mary M. Naef (Wikipedia) We live among ghost towns — little hamlets that once prospered thanks to natural resources such as coal

Old Coal Mining Towns of Appalachia Linger in the Past

2014-1-8  Some of the old coal mining towns of Appalachia are fading away, some have been taken back by nature -- yet they all linger in the past. Some, or most, spirits may have found a better home, but in the silence, one can hear sounds of long ago. A once lovely front porch where family members used to gather after supper and talk about the day now

Coal Mining and Coal Towns in Western Pennsylvania

2007-4-3  Coal Mining and Coal Towns in Western Pennsylvania By Dr. Lu, Soo Chun, History Department, Indiana University of Pennsylvania Grade Level: 7-12 Introduction: A block of three lessons on mining in Western Pennsylvania that can be taught in a Geography or History class. Objectives: Students will be able to: a) Interpret primary source material.

A Western Pennsylvania Coal Mining Town

Heilwood historical marker that reads: “Heilwood, Named after John Heil Weaver, Pioneer in the Coal Industry, Founded 1904”. The earliest known photo of Heilwood (circa 1906) Having grown up in Heilwood, I was totally unaware of the history of the community. I played in old foundations and roamed through dark, tumble-down buildings

Mines and Company Towns Coal Culture Projects

Coal mines, and the company towns that grew up around them, are part of the rich legacy of Pennsylvania’s coal culture. Learn more about life in a company towns through the stories of several nearby company towns and mines.

REIMAGINING PENNSYLVANIA'S COAL COMMUNITIES

2020-12-1  PENNSYLVANIA’S COAL MINING INDUSTRY BEGAN IN THE MID-1700S AND GREW TO WARM COUNTLESS HOMES, POWER THE NATION, AND FUEL THE STEEL INDUSTRY AND THE INDUSTRIAL AGE. In turn, coal’s importance to Pennsylvania’s economy grew, as homes, businesses, and towns developed around coal mines—much like factory towns. But over time, as is typical in

20 Things Only People in Pennsylvania's Coal Region Know

2015-12-18  As odd as it sounds, due to acid mine drainage, most of the creeks in Coal Region towns and cities are orange. Caused by sub-surface mining and the abundance of sulfides in the mines, the acid mine drainage has ruined many creeks and water

Coal In Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Mines and Mining

2021-9-6  Pennsylvania's Northern Anthracite Coal Field (1870-1970) This 1955 publication summarizes anthracite coal data by year and by county. Anthracite Museum. Located in the heart of anthracite country in Scranton, PA, this organization tells the story of the people who came from Europe to work in the anthracite mining

Coal Miner Records Pennsylvania Historical & Museum

Coal Miner Records. The Pennsylvania State Archives hold numerous collections which pertain to persons either employed in or in some way associated with the anthracite (hard coal) and bituminous (soft coal) mining industries of the Commonwealth. The anthracite fields stretch for nearly 500 square miles across portions of northeastern

Old Coal Mining Towns of Appalachia Linger in the Past

2014-1-8  Some of the old coal mining towns of Appalachia are fading away, some have been taken back by nature -- yet they all linger in the past. Some, or most, spirits may have found a better home, but in the silence, one can hear sounds of long ago. A once lovely front porch where family members used to gather after supper and talk about the day now

Ghost towns hidden in the hills of northern Pa. On the

2020-4-1  The incline plane at McIntyre Coal Mines in Ralston, Pa., about 1870. William M. Chase (American, 1817 1901) Albumen silver print 84.XC.979.2917 The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Gift of Weston J. and Mary M. Naef (Wikipedia) We live among ghost towns — little hamlets that once prospered thanks to natural resources such as coal

Company Towns National Coal Heritage Area

2021-9-11  Company towns exist across the country; however, the southern coalfield company towns are distinctly West Virginian. When the railroads arrived, southern West Virginia primarily was a mountain wilderness, with a smattering of small towns such as Beckley, Madison and Aracoma (later renamed Logan). Coal companies had to build towns and houses for

Mines and Company Towns Coal Culture Projects

Coal mines, and the company towns that grew up around them, are part of the rich legacy of Pennsylvania’s coal culture. Learn more about life in a company towns through the stories of several nearby company towns and mines.

PA Mining History

Coal Mining in Pennsylvania PA Mining History. Room-and-pillar mines have been active in Pennsylvania's bituminous coalfields since the late-1700s. Bituminous coal was first mined in Pennsylvania at "Coal Hill" (Mount Washington), just across

Reimagining Pennsylvania's Coal Communities Kleinman

Pennsylvania’s coal mining industry began in the mid-1700s and grew to warm countless homes, power the nation, and fuel the steel industry and the industrial age. In turn, coal’s importance to Pennsylvania’s economy grew, as homes, businesses, and towns developed around coal mines—much like factory towns.

Coal In Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Mines and Mining

2021-9-6  Pennsylvania's Northern Anthracite Coal Field (1870-1970) This 1955 publication summarizes anthracite coal data by year and by county. Anthracite Museum. Located in the heart of anthracite country in Scranton, PA, this organization tells the story of the people who came from Europe to work in the anthracite mining

REIMAGINING PENNSYLVANIA'S COAL COMMUNITIES

2020-12-1  PENNSYLVANIA’S COAL MINING INDUSTRY BEGAN IN THE MID-1700S AND GREW TO WARM COUNTLESS HOMES, POWER THE NATION, AND FUEL THE STEEL INDUSTRY AND THE INDUSTRIAL AGE. In turn, coal’s importance to Pennsylvania’s economy grew, as homes, businesses, and towns developed around coal mines—much like factory towns. But over time, as is typical in

The Company Town of Sagamore Mines and Company

2021-9-9  The lifeline of the early coal towns was the gleaming track of a coal-carrying railroad, the Buffalo, Rochester and Pittsburgh Railway, which transported coal as far as the Great Lakes region. The extension of the BR&P from Jefferson County in 1902 opened up the rich, largely untapped coalfields of

How a Pennsylvania Coal Town Became Hell on Earth

2014-6-18  The cave-in was caused by one of the worst coal fires in American history -- a fire that has been burning for over 50 years and may burn for several more centuries. In 1960, Centralia, Pennsylvania, was a small town situated on top of a large supply of coal. Like many coal towns, the land’s natural riches had meager returns for residents.

Coal Region Towns, Villages, and Patches

Founded in 1892 by Philip Ginther. Coal was discovered in this town in the 1880's and helped launch the area's coal mining industry. Summit Hill was once in "Ripley's Believe It or Not" because it had one block that had a church on each of the four corners, facing the four directions of the world.

Old Coal Mining Towns of Appalachia Linger in the Past

2014-1-8  Some of the old coal mining towns of Appalachia are fading away, some have been taken back by nature -- yet they all linger in the past. Some, or most, spirits may have found a better home, but in the silence, one can hear sounds of long ago. A once lovely front porch where family members used to gather after supper and talk about the day now

Company Towns National Coal Heritage Area

2021-9-11  Company towns exist across the country; however, the southern coalfield company towns are distinctly West Virginian. When the railroads arrived, southern West Virginia primarily was a mountain wilderness, with a smattering of small towns such as Beckley, Madison and Aracoma (later renamed Logan). Coal companies had to build towns and houses for