A photograph taken shortly after the Civil War shows mining operations in Wiconisco Township in Dauphin County in the 1860s.
When a Confederate army threatened Pennsylvania in September 1862, the citizens of Pottsville jumped into action. They also felt the harsh hand of war.
A writer and his friends rode the Reading Railroad in 1877 to write a travel guide. They reached the end of the line in Williams Valley.
In October 1862, Irish miners in Schuylkill County staged an armed revolt against the government. Their actions foreshadowed even bloodier events.
The Upper Dauphin Register describes the new town being constructed in Williams Valley in a September 1865 edition.
Across the United States, the year 1877 was marked by tumult and violence. In Lykens, Pennsylvania the year was spent in economic desperation after a devastating mine fire.
In a report written in April 1857, Joseph Ostermann details his work in opening the Williamstown Tunnel in Upper Dauphin County.
In the spring of 1863, a series of strikes among miners stopped all work in the anthracite coal mines of Wiconisco Township.
Jake Daubert played his first professional baseball in Williams Valley in 1906. By 1910, he was playing in the big leagues.
Four young men walked out of the offices of the Lykens Journal in 1861 to join the Union Army. Only one came back.