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Old 01-17-2008, 02:52 PM
 
Location: Wilkes-Barre, PA
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I see they are starting to digitally post maps of several other Counties in Pennsylvania but not Luzerne or Lackawanna yet. I know I could go to the old Stegmaier Building and take a look but I would like a digital copy. Anyone happen to have one or maybe at least have looked at the maps?
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Old 01-17-2008, 03:50 PM
 
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I bet these guys could help. The Underground Miners Website

I want to go on one of the tours.
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Old 01-17-2008, 04:19 PM
 
Location: Wilkes-Barre, PA
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Thanks Lehigh, looks like a good start until I make time to go to the office.
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Old 01-17-2008, 05:02 PM
 
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The problem is that there are alot of mines that might not have been documented.
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Old 01-17-2008, 05:07 PM
 
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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The problem is that there are alot of mines that might not have been documented.
Agreed. Some of the old coal companies were less than noble with their business practices. The deadly 1959 Knox Mine Disaster near Pittston occurred because one greedy coal company violated an agreement and harvested coal too near to the underbelly of the Susquehanna River, which eventually broke through the mine shaft and claimed several lives. One of the heroes that day, Pacifico Stella of Pittston Township, just passed away recently. I also heard horror stories about how some deceased miners were simply laid onto the front porches of their families' homes.

With such poor corporate ethics, I would be highly suspicious of any local mining maps being truly accurate.

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Old 01-17-2008, 05:23 PM
 
Location: Wilkes-Barre, PA
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Agreed. Some of the old coal companies were less than noble with their business practices. The deadly 1959 Knox Mine Disaster near Pittston occurred because one greedy coal company violated an agreement and harvested coal too near to the underbelly of the Susquehanna River, which eventually broke through the mine shaft and claimed several lives. One of the heroes that day, Pacifico Stella of Pittston Township, just passed away recently. I also heard horror stories about how some deceased miners were simply laid onto the front porches of their families' homes.

With such poor corporate ethics, I would be highly suspicious of any local mining maps being truly accurate.
SWB, is this the accident where they dropped train cars into the hole to plug it so water would stop pouring into the tunnel?

I was hoping to get extensive maps that are available in the area, if I chance soon I will see if I can get copies at the Office of Mine Subsidence.
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Old 01-19-2008, 04:05 PM
 
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SWB, is this the accident where they dropped train cars into the hole to plug it so water would stop pouring into the tunnel?
Yes... I will always remember seeing this as a kid while overlooking the river from a hill in Port Griffith. The huge gondola coal cars were pushed in the hole in the river and spun around in circles like matchboxes inside an inverted tornado.
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Old 01-19-2008, 05:10 PM
 
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Yes... I will always remember seeing this as a kid while overlooking the river from a hill in Port Griffith. The huge gondola coal cars were pushed in the hole in the river and spun around in circles like matchboxes inside an inverted tornado.
I wonder if there is an existing video of this event? How about Centralia? Any Videos out there?
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Old 01-19-2008, 05:33 PM
 
Location: Wilkes-Barre, PA
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Here are some pictures I found























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Old 01-19-2008, 08:06 PM
 
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I wonder if there is an existing video of this event? How about Centralia? Any Videos out there?
There are a lot of pictures of Centrailia, not sure about videos. This is the best time of the year to visit there. You can really see where the fire is burning the most. Go after a recent snow.
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