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Old 12-21-2010, 09:32 PM
 
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To all pf you with an ancestry in coal mining, I want to relate my deep respect for the difficult and dangerous job that your ancestors were charged with performing.
Thank you for the pictures and commentary.
There is a solidity and honest ethic that I find in many of the people that I have met thus far.
Did anthracite coal mining shape them or were they drawn to the demanding work becauce they had character traits of tenacity and diligence that are seldom seen today.
I do see it in the descendants of the coal miners that I have met thus far, as well as in each of you who have coal in your blood.
Respect.
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Old 12-21-2010, 09:56 PM
 
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Coalman - too bad the antracite coal industry could not get going again in full swing - you'd make a great spokesman.

I'm trying my best on both counts, the recent drop in NG prices has put a speed bump in front of my master plan. Most people don't realize how easy it is to use coal. I don't think there will ever be anything cheaper to heat with in this area but the farther you get away the more it costs. There's a lot of my forum members switching back to NG becsue the price is competitive now but they are paying double for the coal in their area.
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Old 12-21-2010, 10:03 PM
 
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Did anthracite coal mining shape them or were they drawn to the demanding work becauce they had character traits of tenacity and diligence that are seldom seen today.
When it started most were drawn here because they were immigrants and needed to feed their family.

Today south of here there is still active undergound mines, a lot of them are smaller operations they call "bootleg" mines with a few people working them the same way they used too. You might have fourth and fifth generation miners, most wouldn't trade their job for anything. I should note these "bootleg" mines are not illegal or anything of that nature, they get that name because they are very small operations.

If you're interested sheena I would suggest taking the Lackawanna mine tour. That was an active mine and you can get somewhat of idea of what they do. Bring a sweater, even if it's 100 degrees out.
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Old 12-22-2010, 08:58 AM
 
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To all pf you with an ancestry in coal mining, I want to relate my deep respect for the difficult and dangerous job that your ancestors were charged with performing.
Thank you for the pictures and commentary.
There is a solidity and honest ethic that I find in many of the people that I have met thus far.
Did anthracite coal mining shape them or were they drawn to the demanding work becauce they had character traits of tenacity and diligence that are seldom seen today.
I do see it in the descendants of the coal miners that I have met thus far, as well as in each of you who have coal in your blood.
Respect.
That was a wonderful and hearfelt tribute...so nicely said!
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Old 12-22-2010, 09:46 AM
 
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I am very interested! I did take The Anthracite Coal tour in Scranton a few summers ago and it was very moving. Also went to Ecklley Mining Village a few summers ago.

I continue to have an interest in the subject and I would like to visit some places this Christmas break as a family. I know the Coal Mine tour only operates in the summer - we went on a hot July day and it was freezing! Anything else we could visit?
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Old 12-22-2010, 11:59 AM
 
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I am very interested! I did take The Anthracite Coal tour in Scranton a few summers ago and it was very moving. Also went to Ecklley Mining Village a few summers ago.

I continue to have an interest in the subject and I would like to visit some places this Christmas break as a family. I know the Coal Mine tour only operates in the summer - we went on a hot July day and it was freezing! Anything else we could visit?
The Wyoming Valley Historical Museum has a permanent coal mining exhibit on their lower floor.

Museum | Welcome to the Luzerne County Historical Society website

It's right behind the Osterhout Library on South Franklin Street. There is also a historical society about two doors down that has a wealth of information, photographs and other archives about our area.

Welcome to the Luzerne County Historical Society website | NEPA luzerne county Pensylvania history
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Old 12-22-2010, 02:31 PM
 
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varmint's dads friends were mostly ex coal miners the ones still having working coal companies here work very hard at their business(my favorite cousin's company requires long days and limited vacations)
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Old 12-22-2010, 03:27 PM
 
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For all those interested, there is another coal mine tour in Lansford, PA. (About an hour's drive from Scranton) Here's the website: The No. 9 Mine & Museum Lansford, Pa. (570) 645-7074
My uncle worked in this very mine - he was very young, and was a picker before actually working in the mine. My grandfather worked in one in nearby Nesquehoning, my hometown. If you go North on Route 209 from Lansford into Nesquehoning, you can see one of the wash shanties on the hill going down into town (the hill is actually named the Wash Shanty Hill!)
Tough men, those miners - glad to see there's so much interest in the work that built much of NEPA!
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Old 12-22-2010, 03:43 PM
 
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Another attraction of possible interest, in Ashland: Welcome to Pioneer Tunnel in the summer could combine it with a trip to Visit America's Oldest Brewery | Yuengling Brewery Pottsville, PA and even stop at Kowalonek's Kielbasy Shop Online
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Old 12-24-2010, 12:04 AM
 
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My Dad was a coal miner most of his life...here's an interesting story>>>>>
Knox Mine Disaster

Knox Mine disaster - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

http://explorepahistory.com/hmarker.php?markerId=398

Knox Mine Disaster
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