Carbon County state legislators Sen. John Yudichak and Rep. Doyle Heffley today congratulated the borough of Lansford on its nomination to be included on the National Register of Historic Places.

"As a proud son and grandson of coal miners, I have a deep appreciation for the borough of Lansford and its place in coal mining history," Yudichak said. "This is a great honor for a borough that has played an essential part in the growth and development of the Commonwealth and I hope that being added to the National Register will provide a boost to local tourism."

The Pennsylvania Bureau of Historic Preservation approved Lansford's nomination at a board meeting earlier this week. Yudichak said that the National Park Service and the Keeper of the National Register will likely review and approve the nomination within 45 days.

"Listing Lansford in the National Register will help preserve this historic community for future generations to enjoy. It's only fitting that Lansford be recognized with this honor, as the borough has played such a vital role in our region's anthracite production," Heffley added. "As local residents continue to work to revitalize the Lansford community, I was happy to see this honor bestowed upon Lansford for its rich history and role in Carbon County."

Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America's historic and archeological resources.

Lansford is home to the world's oldest continuously operated anthracite coal mine – the Number Nine Coal Mine, which was in operation from 1855 through 1972.