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Throwback Thursday Labor History: The Avondale Mine Disaster

Originally posted on ExplorePAHistory.com One hundred and ten of brave men were smothered underground;They’re in their graves ’til the last day, their widows may bewailAnd the orphans’ cries, they rend the skies, all ’round through Avondale.                                       – lyrics from “The Mines of Avondale” In the 1800s, the American industrial revolution was fueled by coal, and northeastern Pennsylvania had the largest anthracite (hard coal) deposits in the Western Hemisphere. Read More