“The Avondale Mine Disaster” is a miner’s ballad originally recorded by folklorist George Korson in 1946.
The Avondale Mine Disaster of September 6, 1869 killed 108 miners and 2 volunteer rescuers.
On March 1, 1977, water poured into the Porter Tunnel mine in western Schuylkill County. Emergency crews raced to the scene.
These remarkable sketches show life in the Coal Region during the middle part of the 19th century, a crucial time in the area’s history.
In the tumultuous year of 1877, a magazine correspondent visited Mauch Chunk to document life in the Coal Region.
On December 1, 1871, the Kalmia Colliery breaker burned to the ground, nearly killing a night crew of workers trapped inside by the fumes.
An 1873 letter in the Boston Globe exhibits many signs of a Molly Maguire conspiracy theory in the Coal Region.
Penn State University hosts a webpage that provides easy access to Annual Report of Mines from 1870 to 1979.
John Siney led the Workingmen’s Benevolent Association in actions against coal operators in the 1860s and 1870s.