“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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“A vivid flash of light” – An 1867 lightning strike electrocuted Wiconisco miners 1,000 feet below the surface

In June 1867, a thunderstorm passed through Wiconisco, Pennsylvania and electrocuted miners deep within one of the town's coal mines.