Antique coal tumbler featured at No. 9 Mine
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS The tumbler uses large spinning screens to seperate the coal into different sizes.
Members of the No. 9 Mine and Museum in Lansford have added a tumbling attraction to their already impressive collection of historical and antique coal mining artifacts and oddities.
"This antique coal tumbler shaker was originally used to sort coal at a small coal yard along the Lehigh Canal in Freemansburg," said volunteer Dale Freudenberger, who explained the new item after helping to acquire the item for the mine. Volunteers said the tumbler, estimated to be about a 100 years old, was used in conjunction with mule drawn canal boats.
Freudenberger added that volunteers with the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor helped to move the tumbler to its new permanent location at the mine, while No. 9 Mine volunteers helped to restore and get the tumbler working again.
Mine President Dave Kuchta stated his appreciation to Freudenberger and other volunteers that dedicated their time to bring a new piece of coal mining history to the mine.
"This is a rare find," said Freudenberger.