On December 18, 1869, six people were killed when a mine cave-in swallowed their homes in Luzerne County.
Avondale – The Coal Region’s deadliest mining disaster
The Avondale Mine Disaster of September 6, 1869 killed 108 miners and 2 volunteer rescuers.
“Miners at work” – Harper’s Weekly illustrations of the Coal Region from 1869
A Harper's Weekly artist documented work in an anthracite mine in Pennsylvania in 1869.
Facing the dangers of early coal mining in Pennsylvania’s Williams Valley
Work in the anthracite mines of Eastern Pennsylvania ranks among the deadliest jobs in American history.
Fire On the Mountain – The Brookside Colliery Fire of November 1869
On November 20, 1869, a massive fire swept through the Brookside Colliery above the growing village of Tower City, Pennsylvania.