Chapter closes on part of Pennsylvania coal mining history

May 29, 2015

A chapter of coal mining history in the United States is coming to a close in Pennsylvania as the last of the great coal breakers is taken down.
The Associated Press published an article about the St. Nicholas Breaker. It was once the largest coal break in the world that crushed, washed and sized billions of tons of coal, making anthracite coal useable through World War I.

The St. Nicholas Breaker once held the distinction as the largest in the world, the size of a city block and capable of processing more than 12,000 tons of anthracite each day. Shuttered for more than 50 years, it now blights an area whose economy never fully recovered after anthracite's reign came to an end.

The full story of the last breaker left standing can be found here.


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