The completion of Williamstown Tunnel – 1873

In December 1873, a 4,000 foot tunnel was completed through Big Lick Mountain in Dauphin County. Williamstown Tunnel opened up Bear Valley for profitable coal mining.

Fire at Kalmia Colliery in Schuylkill County nearly claimed lives – December 1871

On December 1, 1871, the Kalmia Colliery breaker burned to the ground, nearly killing a night crew of workers trapped inside by the fumes.

Grievances of Williamstown miners against the Pennsylvania Railroad Company – 1886

“We are men and all we ask is to be treated as such,” wrote the miners in a public letter published during their 1886 strike.

Baseball game settled score between colliery engineers in Williams Valley

In July 1906, engineers from rival coal mines played for bragging rights in northern Dauphin County.