“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.

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As Confederates invaded Pennsylvania in 1863, the coal mines of northern Dauphin County were in chaos

When the Army of Northern Virginia invaded Pennsylvania in June 1863, the coal mines of the Keystone State were left vulnerable.

“Baseball fever” – Williams Valley’s 1906 season featured pro players, violent fans

In 1906, a small valley in Pennsylvania's Coal Region caught a case of baseball fever. The towns were never the same again.

“This community sustains a great loss” – A fatal mine disaster in Wiconisco Township during the Civil War

On February 7, 1862, a roof collapsed inside the Short Mountain Colliery killing a respected miner and wounding several others.

Miners’ revolt in Schuylkill County during the Civil War caused headaches for Abraham Lincoln

Shortly after the Battle of Antietam in 1862, the Lincoln administration faced a crisis on the home front in Pennsylvania.