“Children of the mine” – The Coal Region’s breaker boys at work

"Children of the mine are they, born in the shadow of the culm heaps with the roar of the breakers ever in their ears, with mines beneath their feet."

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A Coal Region editorial from 1900 speaks to income inequality a century later

A writer at the Lykens Register opined in September 1900 about rising inequality in the Coal Region.

“A vivid flash of light” – An 1867 lightning strike electrocuted Wiconisco miners 1,000 feet below ground

In June 1867, a thunderstorm passed through Wiconisco, Pennsylvania and electrocuted miners deep within one of the town's coal mines.

“Overhauling is going on vigorously” – An 1860s photograph reveals work at coal breaker in Wiconisco

A photograph taken shortly after the Civil War shows mining operations in Wiconisco Township in Dauphin County in the 1860s.

“Operations at Williamstown” – The first coal shipments from the mines of Williamstown hit markets in 1865

The Upper Dauphin Register describes the new town being constructed in Williams Valley in a September 1865 edition.