About: Out In The Coal Patch: Life in the Coal Mining Towns of Western Pennsylvania
I'm The Proud Granddaughter and Great daughter of Coal miner In Southwestern Pa
I never went underground but followed in my grandfather's footsteps I was a coal bucket driver not ashamed to admit I didn't have what it took to go underground
I am more familiar with the anthracite (hard) coal miners of northeastern Pennsylvania, but the lifestyles and hardships and injustices were the same. For the anthracite miners the defining labor moment was the Great Strike of 1902, which ultimately had to be settled by President Teddy Roosevelt.
This is so interesting. I've been looking for so many historical documentaries or museums dealing with coal towns and its been difficult to find. I'm from Ohio and on our way to West Virginia to visit my in laws, I saw row houses and I was amazed. My husband told me "that's an old coal town" and I've been interested since. Thank you for this amazing history lesson.
I live n Fairchance just south of Uniontown. Five minutes from the house is an old coal camp town named Wynn. You can see the old coke ovens out in the fields.
WOW, this is wonderful to watch!! My Dad was a Coal Miner from back in the late 1920s. I have a picture of him on my family wall, that shows a few others and him outside the Mine having something to eat. One year when we came back to visit our family, mostly in Verona, Dad took me across the River, on the old Bridge and we just kept going to all the Mines he worked in. (We still had family near that Bridge that lived in Harmerville back then). Some of the Mills were still open and functional. So we went down into the Mine on the newer rails. It was INCREDIBLE!!! I’ll never forget it!!! My Dads name was Ed Bayne Sr. ❤️