In October 1914, war raged on the European continent. In what was then called the "Great War," industrial-scale war was waged on a massive scale for the first time. Americans were paying attention. A commentator for the Pottsville Republican noted a curious thing about the suddenly mechanized armies smashing each other to pulp on the battlefields … Continue reading “The Mine Mule Affected by the European War” – 1914
Pennsylvania's anthracite coal fields have long been known for long-lasting mine fires. The most famous of these environmental disasters continues burning today beneath the empty town lots known as Centralia in Columbia County. Mine fires were a feared menace dating back to the first underground mines in the region. One of the early mine fires … Continue reading Toxic gasses from a burning coal mine claimed the lives of two Tamaqua mining officials in 1858
A photograph from 1891 shows mineworkers posed at the bottom of the Lincoln Colliery breaker.
A travel writer vividly described Pottsville and the surrounding region of Schuylkill County in 1852.
A travel writer made a detailed entry about Tamaqua, Pennsylvania in the summer of 1862.
An August 1962 news report documents the early efforts to squelch an escalating mine fire at Centralia, Pennsylvania.
In 1897, a former breaker boy penned a poem in remembrance of the child laborers of the Coal Region.
A soldier from Schuylkill County was stunned when he found photographs from the Pennsylvania Coal Region in a magazine published in Nazi Germany.
In 1831, a land sale took place at a coffee house in Philadelphia that launched coal mining operations in northern Dauphin County.
A look at the perspectives of the mine workers of far western Schuylkill County as the 1902 coal strike began.