245 – West to Missouri

During the Civil War, anthracite coal was crucial to the Union. Many of the mine workers didn’t serve in the military, as coal was a critical industry to support the war effort.  The owners pressured the workers for increased production.

The Gallaghers and Larges and Kellys labored on.

Miners at work in the Coal Region, ca. 1865 – Harper’s Weekly
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242 – Life in Eckley

In 1854, a new mine and coal patch town of Eckley was created in southern Luzerne County wilderness.

Only five years later, the enterprise had proven so profitable that the town included 130 houses, a sawmill, a hotel, a company store, several shops and three churches.

Coal Patch, Take Two: The Preservation of Eckley Miners’ Village
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