Journal of the Buck Mountain and Vulcan collieries near Mahanoy City, 1897

In the collections of the Smithsonian Institution is an incredible primary source documenting a year’s events at an anthracite colliery in the booming era of the Coal Region.  

Vulcan Breaker
The coal breaker at the Vulcan Colliery (Up in the Woods)

The document is a journal for the Buck Mountain and Vulcan collieries near Mahanoy City for the year 1897. Through a crowdsourcing project, the contents of the journal have been fully digitized. The journal is a fascinating piece of Coal Region history.  

Excellsior Journal
The daily journal of the Buck Mountain and Vulcan collieries, 1897 (Smithsonian Institution)

Read it here 

Full document record from the National Museum of American History 

Featured Image: Detail of the journal from January 1897 

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