Wow, it must have really sucked for the people who still lived in the neighborhood…

I’m waiting on confirmation Charlie, but it looks like this happened in South Scranton, PA.


Steam shovels, locomotives, and dynamite have invaded a residential section of a Pennsylvania city to mine a rich vein of coal that was recently found under the district. Yawning gorges have been blown and dug into the earth at the sides of the streets, where the rumble of heavy machinery is punctuated with blasts of explosives. Great lengths of railroad track have been laid in a winding path through the neighborhood to carry the mined fuel away. Guard rails were built on the brinks of the deep openings to prevent accidents to unwary pedestrians. Thousands of tons of soil, rock, and anthracite coal have been torn from the land since operations began.

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  1. Zeppflyer says: August 8, 20129:57 am

    I wonder which town that is? The tension between mining and residency is an ongoing battle here in the commonwealth and only gets worse as population rises and becomes more spread out, rather than in tightly knit towns and cities. So many property owners sold their mineral rights in the early 1900’s when mining was beam and pillar which they thought would never reach them. Today, their heirs and those that’ve bought the properties contend with far more efficient, but far more destructive long wall mines. At least the scene depicted there couldn’t happen again.

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