An early historian’s description of Lykens and Wiconisco at conclusion of Civil War

Richard Nolen helped build the mining communities of northern Dauphin County. In 1865, he described how much they had changed.


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.

“Operations at Williamstown” – The first coal shipments from the mines of Williamstown hit markets in 1865

The Upper Dauphin Register describes the new town being constructed in Williams Valley in a September 1865 edition.