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Mining History Resources

The importance of coal mining to the culture and economy of Western Pennsylvania means that the history of mining is intimately intertwined with the history of the region itself. The resources below discuss mining and labor during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, a crucial period in the history of the industry and local culture.

History Lectures by Dr. Irwin Marcus
Collected lectures on business, industrial, and labor history by Dr. Irwin Marcus, Professor Emeritus, History Department, Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
History of Coke
Learn about the growth of coke plants as a major industry in Jefferson and Indiana counties.
Spraggers and Sunshine Lamps: Now Part of the Industry's Past
Mining techniques and technology from the days before sophisticated mining machinery.
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