“Lykens Valley and the Coal Region” – Journalist Predicts Bright Future For Northern Dauphin County in 1833

"None can tell what a busy scene will be presented near these mines."

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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.

“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."

Meet Henry Keiser – A Soldier Who Kept A Diary For Nearly Every Day of the Civil War

Henry Keiser kept a diary through his service in the Civil War. Meet the man behind the diary that has appeared in dozens of books about America's bloodiest conflict.