The destruction of the old St. Nicholas Coal Breaker 13 miles west of Tamaqua is the end of an era.
The industrial complex, built in 1931 and opened 1932, was the largest and most productive coal breaker in the world.
It was so large that half of the village of Suffolk, just west of Mahanoy City, was relocated to free up space for construction.
When you examine the Old St. Nick, you find its numbers staggering.
The Schuylkill County breaker soars seven stories high. Construction required 3,800 tons of steel and more than 10,000 cubic yards of concrete.