Anthracite Collieries and Railroads of the Western Middle Field by Scott Hemenway
Hardbound, copyright 2008. 216 pages, numerous photographs (many vintage black and white never before available in printed format), maps, diagrams and charts (including a large fold out in plastic sleeve of the Hammond Colliery Breaker). Well written and informative text that explores the history of, and technologies behind, extracting and preparing anthracite from Pennsylvania’s Middle Field Coal Region. Chapters include Beginnings of an Industry 1820-1840, Transportation and Rapid Growth (1850-1870), The Railroads Take Control (1870-1900), Zenith and then Decline (1900-1930), The Mining of Anthracite, Preparation of Anthracite, Collieries of the Western Middle Field, Anthracite Production: 1820 thru 2001, Largest Producing Collieries of the Western Middle Field, Mining Accidents in the Western Middle Field: 1869 thru 1947, a glossary and an index.
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