In May 1847, the first telegraphic message passed between Pottsville and Philadelphia, ushering in a new era in the Coal Region.
On February 7, 1862, a roof collapsed inside the Short Mountain Colliery killing a respected miner and wounding several others.
Industrialist Henry Thomas worked with infamous Pennsylvania politicians to develop the coal trade in Williams Valley during the Civil War.
The Upper Dauphin Register describes the booming coal business in Wiconisco Township and predicts a bright future for its "inexhaustible mines."
The disgraced Secretary of War often invested in industrial ventures in Pennsylvania.