Thursday, May 31, 2012

Did You Know...

Did you know that between 1825 and 1880 there were nearly 80 coal mines along or near the Monongahela River?

These mines employed thousands who worked as miners, haulers, and on the mine's railways. Many of these mines were owned and operated by large corporations but most were worked by small "mom & and pop" companies. These mines produced thousands of bushels of lump coal everyday under the worst labor conditions. These conditions, by today's standards, were harsh and dangerous. Countless workers lost their lives to accidents and sicknesses related directly to the conditions.

Let me know if you'd like to learn more.

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