A New York Times reporter's observations about the Schuylkill County mining village of Heckscherville in 1863.
In the spring of 1863, a journalist documented the chaotic and changing situation in the Coal Region as the Civil War raged on.
A profile of Scranton in 1861 describes a rapidly industrializing community on the eve of the Civil War.
Mining engineer Max Fredericks gave a prediction of a bright future for the anthracite industry the day before the stock market collapsed.
Founded in 1851, the Short Mountain Coal Company grew rapidly during the Civil War in association with the Pennsylvania Railroad.
This map from the Library of Congress collections includes fantastic illustrations of the Coal Region during the Civil War.
Budd served during the Civil War and later became a prominent citizen in Dauphin County's largest mining community.
In May 1929, some of the anthracite industry believed mining was about to make a comeback. They were wrong.
On December 18, 1869, six people were killed when a mine cave-in swallowed their homes in Luzerne County.
A memoir from the 1930s describes the hard life of a breaker boy in Civil War-era Schuylkill County.