Pennsylvania's anthracite coal fields have long been known for long-lasting mine fires. The most famous of these environmental disasters continues burning today beneath the empty town lots known as Centralia in Columbia County. Mine fires were a feared menace dating back to the first underground mines in the region. One of the early mine fires … Continue reading Toxic gasses from a burning coal mine claimed the lives of two Tamaqua mining officials in 1858
A travel writer made a detailed entry about Tamaqua, Pennsylvania in the summer of 1862.
An August 1962 news report documents the early efforts to squelch an escalating mine fire at Centralia, Pennsylvania.
In 1831, a land sale took place at a coffee house in Philadelphia that launched coal mining operations in northern Dauphin County.
A New York Times reporter's observations about the Schuylkill County mining village of Heckscherville in 1863.
Peaceful St. Patrick's Day celebrations turned violent in Carbondale in March 1845.
The leader of the United Mine Workers of America addressed the miners of the Coal Region on May 10, 1902.
Robert Mueller's report cited Russians use of mining culture to divide Pennsylvanians during 2016 election
Elizabeth Ellet documented a trip to the Coal Region in her book, "Rambles about the country."
As anthracite mines became increasingly electrified, mine mules began to disappear from the Coal Region.