A newspaper clipping from 1872 takes us into a long-demolished building at the heart of Williamstown, PA.
A recent visit to the site of Kalmia Colliery in Schuylkill County reveals life in an abandoned patch town.
Williamstown Tunnel began shipping coal from Northern Dauphin County in 1866 and became the most prosperous coal mine in the state.
The Upper Dauphin Register describes the new town being constructed in Williams Valley in a September 1865 edition.
In a report written in April 1857, Joseph Ostermann details his work in opening the Williamstown Tunnel in Upper Dauphin County.
“The excitement is great,” reported the Lykens Register in April 1872. Williamstown Colliery had just experienced its deadliest accident to date.
A report from the Summit Branch Railroad Company in 1865 details the growth of a new community at the northern tip of Dauphin County.
A miner from Williamstown, Pennsylvania recommends using scrap steel from the closed mines for the newly opened war effort.
On November 20, 1869, a massive fire swept through the Brookside Colliery above the growing village of Tower City, Pennsylvania.
“Williamstown is crowded with stores and few residents leave here to make their purchases elsewhere. Several hundred persons are employed in these retail houses and with the thousand men employed in the colliery here, there are comparatively few persons who are able to go out of their homes to work in the town’s two hosiery mills.”