A Torchlight Parade for Abraham Lincoln in Lykens, Pennsylvania in 1864

In October 1864, residents of Lykens, Pennsylvania showed their support of Abraham Lincoln with an impressive evening parade.


“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."

“Are you interested in the Summit Branch Railroad Company?” A Remarkable Letter to Simon Cameron

An 1862 letter to former U.S. Senator Simon Cameron brought the infamous politician into the coal mining business in Upper Dauphin County.