“We want a vigorous prosecution of the war” – Chaplain calls for hard war against Confederacy in 1863

"I pronounce this rebellion wicked," thundered John Chandler Gregg in a speech given in Wiconisco, Pennsylvania.


“This community sustains a great loss” – A fatal mine disaster in Wiconisco Township during the Civil War

On February 7, 1862, a roof collapsed inside the Short Mountain Colliery killing a respected miner and wounding several others.

“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.

“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.