And a German immigrant with a (now) famous last name raced to Schuylkill County to quench the city's thirst for suds.
The development of the rich veins of coal that run beneath Schuylkill County fueled an industrial revolution in the 1850s. And much of the coal that supplied the iron furnaces, steam ships, and kept millions of Americans warm as a home heating fuel traveled to market through America's fourth largest city: Philadelphia. In late 1852, … Continue reading “The great coal depot” – Illustrations of Port Richmond in Philadelphia in 1852
Author Mark Bulik eloquently describes the labor wars that consumed Schuylkill County in the 1870s.