Coal Mines as Bomb Shelters? – A Cold War Idea from the Coal Region

As the Cold War heated up in the winter of 1951, the citizens of Hazleton, Pennsylvania had a radical idea to save themselves from nuclear war.

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“And Where’s Williams Valley?” – An 1877 Travel Guide to the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad

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.

“Revolutionary Disloyalty” – A Coal Miners’ Rebellion in Pennsylvania’s Schuylkill County During the Civil War

In October 1862, Irish miners in Schuylkill County staged an armed revolt against the government. Their actions foreshadowed even bloodier events.

“The Coal Trade At This Place Was Never Brisker Than At Present” – Williams Valley in 1865

The Upper Dauphin Register describes the booming coal business in Wiconisco Township and predicts a bright future for its "inexhaustible mines."