Coal is the black rock that built America.
Anthracite coal, in particular, is the finest black diamond in the world.
It’s very hard, a compact variety of high luster. It has the highest carbon content and fewest impurities, and so it’s in demand.
But mining can be dangerous.
I recently had the opportunity to further explore two of the most historic events in the history of anthracite coal mining.
On Aug.13, 1963, a cave-in at Fellin Coal Co., between Sheppton and Oneida, trapped three workers at the bottom of a mine.