Anthracite Ghosts by Walter L. Dinteman

By Walter L. Dinteman

Walter Dinteman wandered the coal fields of northeastern Pennsylvania from 1970 to 1973, photographic the is still of the anthracite coal industry.  lots of those constructions have lengthy when you consider that decayed. Dinteman's pictures inform the tale of good looks amid desolation, recalling the lives the folks who lived and labored within the quarter in its best.

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While we ponder the future, there remain many abandoned mines and ghostly structures of former collieries and breakers in northeastern Pennsylvania. Viewing these decaying ruins, isolated in their tranquil mountain surroundings, one can easily visualize the activities in a not too distant past, of the hard lives of the men and their families, the stables of mules spending their entire lives underground, the legend of the Molly Maguires, the strike-breakers, and people really getting their heads bashed in.

The "natural" death rate in 1947 among men aged 60 to 64 was eight times that of workers in any other industrial occupation. about 25% of all the men employed underground developed anthracosilicosis (miners' asthma) after a working period of more than twenty-five years.. Pennsylvania Dept. of Labor and Industry, Anthraco-silicosis (miners' asthma): A Preliminary Report of a Study Made in the Anthracite Region of Pennsylvania, 1924 The 'black spit' and 'black lung' of the miners and the problems connected with them, are the most eloquent expression of intimate contact..

Laura Gilfillan, I Went to Pit College Page 71 Work in progress to extinguish underground mine fires in a mountain overlooking Shenandoah. Yren stood solemnly looking at me. " "It'll all come out. " Laura Gilfillan, I Went to Pit College Page 72 A coal mine in a mountainside feeds directly into the colliery. Water from the mine operation pollutes the stream. Water from washing the coal carries coal dust to a drainage area. The resulting silt dries with a dark gray color. Page 73 Marvin Colliery, Scranton, 1971.

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