Coal Mining History, Disasters, and Tours in …

One of the worst mine disasters in the United States occurred at the Darr Mine in Westmoreland County on December 19, 1907, when a gas and dust explosion killed 239 miners. Other major mine disasters in Western Pennsylvania include the Harwick Mine explosion of 1904 which claimed the lives of 179 miners plus two rescuers and the Marianna Mine Disaster of 1908 which killed 129 coal miners.

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WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA COALFIELDS

A coal patch (called "coal camp" outside of Pennsylvania) is a town where everything was built and owned by a coal company, including schools, churches, stores, theatres, and residential structures. Coal patches in Western Pennsylvania generally date from the 1870s through the 1920s. Although the coal seams around the patches are mined out and the coke ovens are crumbling ruins, people still ...

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Western PA Coal Mine Towns ! - YouTube

01/04/2014· Sorry about the wind noise ! If anyone would like to learn more about the Grove City area . Here is a link . http://www.grovecityhistoricalsociety.org/PDF/Hi...

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Pennsylvania Mine Map Atlas

Pennsylvania Historic Underground Mine Map Database. Help | About | Disclaimer. Overlays. Base Maps. Left mouse click on the area of interest to view a list of available mine maps. Search. County: Municipality: Street: Zip Code: Longitude: (decimal degrees) Latitude: (decimal degrees) Mine Map Options. Mine Map Transparency. Print Map. Format: Map Title . Measure. Activate Measuring. The mine ...

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Interactive atlas of historical coal mine maps in …

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection's Office of Active and Abandoned Mine Operations has collaborated with Pennsylvania State University to produce the Pennsylvania Mine Map Atlas. This enormous resource contains thousands of detailed coal mine maps that can be overlaid on a variety of base maps for the entire state, including terrain, topographic and road

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These 15 Rare Photos Show Pennsylvania's Coal …

These 15 Rare Photos Show Pennsylvania’s Coal Mining History Like Never Before. Pennsylvania’s rich coal mining history dates back centuries to the late 1700s and boomed between 1870 and 1930. After the boom, the industry began a steady decline that continues to the present day.

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Coal Miner Records - Pennsylvania Historical & …

45 lignes· The following table lists the coal mines in the United States that produced at least …

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Coal Region - Wikipedia

The Coal Region is a historically important coal-mining area in Northeastern Pennsylvania in the central Ridge-and-valley Appalachian Mountains, comprising Lackawanna, Luzerne, Columbia, Carbon, Schuylkill, Northumberland, and the extreme northeast corner of Dauphin counties. Academics have made the distinction between North Anthracite Coal Field and South Anthracite Coal Field, the lower ...

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Out In The Coal Patch: Life in the Coal Mining …

30/08/2018· Lecture by Gary Rogers Oakmont Historical Society Lecture Series Oakmont Carnegie Library 11/27/2017 Just as coal provided energy for the steel industry, coal provided a way life for coal miners ...

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General Information - Pennsylvania Mines and …

For historic data, consult Pennsylvania's Mineral Heritage (for print holdings see our catalog), which contains information and useful statistics by commodity and by county through 1941.. For information about mining activities prior to 1870, sources are limited. I suggest consulting the following:

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Coal In Pennsylvania - Pennsylvania Mines and …

Bituminous coal mine maps of Pennsylvania This set of maps was created by the WPA during the 1930's to show the locations of known underground coal mines. These maps are based on 15-minute topographic quadrangles, divided into nine sections.

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Bituminous coal mine maps of Pennsylvania | …

The Bituminous coal mine maps of Pennsylvania were created by the Works Progress Administration from 1934-1938. Workers transcribed information about the extent of underground bituminous coal mines on to these maps, as well as locations of oil and gas wells. These maps are based on 15-minute topographic quadrangles, divided into nine sections. (For example, "Altoona 1" represents the ...

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Virtual Museum of Coal Mining in Western …

Dec 7, 2018 - Digital Coal Research Library. The 20th Century Society of Western Pennsylvania. A Tribute to the Coal Miners of Western Pennsylvania. Compiled by Raymond A. Washlaski, Editor of "The Old Miner.". See more ideas about Coal mining, Virtual museum and Old things.

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Coal in Pennsylvania

The Fort Pitt mine was also the site of another less enviable “first”— the first mine fire. In 1766, the Presbyterian minister Charles Beatty wrote: “A fire being made by workmen not far from where they dug the coal, and left burning when they went away, by the small dust communicated itself to the body of the coals and has set it on fire, and has been burn-ing almost a twelve month ...

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Pennsylvania-Mines - Mining Artifacts

PENNSYLVANIA MINES. Room-and-pillar mines have been active in Pennsylvania’s bituminous coalfields since the late-1700s. Bituminous coal was first commercially mined in Pennsylvania at "Coal Hill" (Mount Washington), just across the Monongahela River from the city of Pittsburgh. The coal was extracted from drift mines in the Pittsburgh coal seam, which outcrops along the hillside, and ...

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Coal Towns | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The boom and bust of Pennsylvania's coal towns. The state of hundreds of company-built towns offers a glimpse at the existential struggle ahead for areas dependent on the coal industry. Reporting by Daniel Moore Photography by Michael Henninger. O ne hundred years ago, scouts for Youngstown Sheet and Tube Co., a titan of the American steel industry at the time, discovered a most ideal 400 ...

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Mines and Meadows ATV/RV Resort - Trails, ATV …

Mines & Meadows ATV/RV Resort in Wampum, PA offers ATV and dirt bike enthusiasts in Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio a truly unique experience. With over 84 miles of recreational trails on 877 acres of land, we cover the full spectrum of riding skills from beginner through advanced. We have also added more than 8 miles of new single track (dirt bike only) trails that will test even the ...

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Mines and Meadows ATV/RV Resort - Trails, ATV …

Mines & Meadows ATV/RV Resort in Wampum, PA offers ATV and dirt bike enthusiasts in Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio a truly unique experience. With over 84 miles of recreational trails on 877 acres of land, we cover the full spectrum of riding skills from beginner through advanced. We have also added more than 8 miles of new single track (dirt bike only) trails that will test even the ...

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Coal Towns | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

In the 1920s, about half of all Pennsylvania coal miners lived in company towns, according to a U.S. Coal Commission study. Historians with the state say towns are found in 30 Pennsylvania counties. The true number of coal towns across Allegheny, Fayette, Washington and Greene counties is somewhere around 260, according to Chris DellaMea, a Beckley, W.Va., resident who — as a hobby ...

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Coal - Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & …

The publication Coal in Pennsylvania (PDF) includes information about the geologic history of coal in the commonwealth, where it occurs, and how it is mined and used. In Pennsylvania, operators mine coal at the surface and underground. The Pennsylvania Geological Survey has a page-size map (PDF) of the state’s coalfields. Some of the largest, most modern and productive underground coal mines ...

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Penna. Historical Mining Reports

These mining reports document the productivity and efforts of hardworking Pennsylvania miners past and present. This website is dedicated to the more than 51,000 Pennsylvania miners who died working these mines and quarries, to those that survived, and to those that continue this dangerous work today.

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Mining Resources – Genealogical Society of …

Western Pennsylvania Coal Fields; Windber Coal Heritage Center . GERALD SHERARD PENNSYLVANIA MINING RECORDS DATABASE. Gerald Sherard has spent years transcribing various Pennsylvania mining records, including the Pennsylvania State Archives RG 45, (See link above), which he kindly donated to the PA State Archives in 2009 and 2010. Mr. Sherard will gladly do look …

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ExplorePAHistory.com - Stories from PA History

Mine owners and miners made Pennsylvania the nation's leading coal producer. Virtually all of the country's anthracite coal came from Pennsylvania, and anthracite production dominated the Commonwealth's coal output for most of the nineteenth century. In 1897 western Pennsylvania's bituminous mines surpassed anthracite production. The Keystone state led the nation in mining bituminous coal ...

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Pittsburgh's Long History With Coal Mining Isn't So …

Of the 1 million homes in Pennsylvania that sit above underground mines, one in 2,000 insured buildings are damaged by mine subsidence, costing an average of $50,000 per structure.

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21 Ruins and Abandoned Places in Pennsylvania …

Lackawanna Coal Mine. Inside the old Lackawanna Coal Mine in Scranton. Northeastern Pennsylvania has a rich anthracite coal mining history, and no where is that better seen than on a tour of the Lackawanna Coal Mine in Scranton. This mine opened in 1860 and was actively mined until 1966. After being closed, the mine was abandoned for two decades before it was open for tours in 1985. Today ...

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Haunted Coal Mines of Pennsylvania - Blogger

In the 19th century, over 24 mine shafts could be found in Neshannock Township in Lawrence County in western Pennsylvania. In the fall of 1898 it was reported that a ghost miner had been haunting the mines. The ghost would enter the mine with his pick and his lamp every night, work busily, and then emerge from the shaft each dawn-- before vanishing into thin air. Miners theorized that it was ...

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RUSSELLTON, PA

Russellton Mine No. 1 was opened around 1904 by the Bessemer Coal and Coke Company. 13 years later they built Russellton No. 2 down the road. Later these became captive mines of Republic Steel. Republic Steel was absorbed into LTV Steel in the 1970s, and LTV closed Russellton No. 2 in 1982. This was the last large Freeport seam coal mine in northeastern Allegheny County. Russellton was a coal ...

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