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Coal Mining in Pittsburgh and Western PA
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Learn about coal mining in Pennsylvania, including coal mining history, mining accidents, photos of coal miners and equipment, environmental issues, women in the mines and other Pennsylvania coal mine related information.

Bituminous Coal Mines of Westmoreland County
An index to the Coal Mines and Coal Companies which mined the Bituminous Coal seams of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. Be aware that this site plays music, but does have a control to turn it off.

Bituminous Coal Mining in Western PA
Bituminous coal is mined in 21 western Pennsylvania counties. Over 10 billion tons of bituminous coal have been produced in Pennsylvania over 200 years of mining, or nearly one fourth of all coal ever mined in the United States. Learn more about PA coal mining history here.

Coal Dust - The Early Mining Industry of Indiana County
A wonderful collection of articles, by Eileen Mountjoy Cooper, explores Indiana County coal mining history. From the Special Collections of Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP).

Coal in Pennsylvania
Free booklet provides easy-to-read, basic geologic coal information to high school students, teachers, and others interested in the geologic history of Pennsylvania. It can be obtained by contacting the Pennsylvania Geological Survey, P.O. Box 8453, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8453, (717) 787-2169 or in Adobe Acrobat format here.

Coal Mining Disasters in the United States
Comprehensive listing of US coal mining accidents and disasters, from the 1830s to the present, in which five or more fatalities occurred. Find date, name of mine, location, fatalties, and cause.

Coalport Area Coal Museum
Browse information on the coal museum including an inventory of the coal miner items with the names of the people who donated them. Historical information and maps of Coalport, PA are also included.

Coal Speak - Dictionary of the Coal Region
A glossary of coal related terms and slang from a group of people who grew up in the anthracite coal region of Pennsylvania.

Colver Coal Mine, Cambria County, Pennsylvania
Dedicated to the memories of the miners and railroad workers who lived and worked in Colver and the surrounding Cambria County, Pennsylvania communities, this site offers great historical information, descriptions and photos of life in the coal mining town.

Mine Fire of Centralia, Pennsylvania
Documentation of the underground mine fire, ignited in 1961, that destroyed the small coal mining town of Centralia, Pennsylvania. Forty years and forty million dollars later the mine fire still burns, and a few die-hard coal miners are all that is left of the town.

The Everyday Life of a Coal Mining Company Town Best of the Net
Master's thesis by Susan Ferrandiz tells the story of the coal town of McIntyre, Pennsylvania from 1910 - 1947 including history, miners, the Union, family and town life, education, religion and recreation. Includes photos, documents, memories of current and former McIntyre residents and links to McIntyre surnames.

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