“Lykens Valley and the Coal Region” – Journalist Predicts Bright Future For Northern Dauphin County in 1833

"None can tell what a busy scene will be presented near these mines."

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“A vivid flash of light” – An 1867 lightning strike electrocuted Wiconisco miners 1,000 feet below the surface

In June 1867, a thunderstorm passed through Wiconisco, Pennsylvania and electrocuted miners deep within one of the town's coal mines.

“Very Profitable and Productive”- Developing Williams Valley’s Anthracite Mines During the Civil War

Industrialist Henry Thomas worked with infamous Pennsylvania politicians to develop the coal trade in Williams Valley during the Civil War.

“Are you interested in the Summit Branch Railroad Company?” A Remarkable Letter to Simon Cameron

An 1862 letter to former U.S. Senator Simon Cameron brought the infamous politician into the coal mining business in Upper Dauphin County.