“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.

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“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.

“The Coal Trade At This Place Was Never Brisker Than At Present” – Williams Valley in 1865

The Upper Dauphin Register describes the booming coal business in Wiconisco Township and predicts a bright future for its "inexhaustible mines."