“Children of the mine” – The Coal Region’s breaker boys at work

"Children of the mine are they, born in the shadow of the culm heaps with the roar of the breakers ever in their ears, with mines beneath their feet."

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“Summer Resort” – A New York Times correspondent’s 1874 visit to Wiconisco Township

A dispatch to the New York Times from August 1874 details life and work in the thriving Dauphin County mining community.

“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."

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

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

“Revolutionary Disloyalty” – A coal miners’ rebellion in Schuylkill County during the Civil War

In October 1862, Irish miners in Pennsylvania staged an armed revolt against the government. Their actions foreshadowed even bloodier events.

“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.