Coal tipple and entrance to underground at the Harris Mine
View of the surface entrance from underground
Underground, Harris Mine,
Northumberland County, Pennsylvania
Anthracite is mined largely by hand using the same 19th century techniques as generations before. The coal seams are narrow and steep which prevents use of large equipment. Unlike the large bituminous mines which have hundreds of people working below the anthracite mines have only a handful.
Underground in an anthracite mine
Jan 2017 Third-generation miner Bob relishes being underground. "It's peaceful. No one can bother you."
Access road to the mine
Justin, a miner in his mid twenties
A core of anthracite miners work in mines owned by their families. Others move from mine to mine as employment conditions change. There are fewer than a dozen independent, family-owned anthracite mines left in Pennsylvania, down from 140 in 1985. Most employ fewer than 6 people.
Changing room, Shingara Mine, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania
View of the mine entrance as seen through the mine shanty window at Little Buck mine, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.
Old B&B Mine tipple, 2012. (mine is now closed and decommissioned)
Little Buck Mine Underground Crew 2011 (mine is now closed and decommissioned)
8x16" film photograph.
Superior Coal Company, Good Springs, Pennsylvania
A coal processing plant which has been operating since the 1940's. The small mines sell their raw coal to the breakers who then process it and sell to customers for home heating.
Huber Breaker, 2013
The eleven story structure contained 900 tons of steel which was sold after demolition in 2015.