NANTY GLO, PA

Coal mining at Nanty Glo commenced in the 1890's, and the railroad reached the town in 1899. Nanty Glo consisted of several patch towns inside of the main town, and was surrounded by several coal mines. Companies that operated the mines included Bethlehem Mines (Bethlehem Steel); Peale, Peacock, and Kerr Co.; Coleman-Weaver Co.; and others. Here is more history of coal mining in Nanty Glo, PA.


I love this picture of coal company houses surrounded by gob piles. (Probably 1960's Library of Congress image via johnstownhistory.blogspot.com)


Yellow block coal company housing still in existence on Christoff Street. (Mar. 2004 image by author)


In this vintage government photograph the destitute sift through one of the slate dumps at Nanty Glo looking for coal to fuel their homes. (1937 Library of Congress image by Ben Shahn)


This picture captures some of what's left of Nanty Glo's coal boom days. Huge gob piles and descendents of the immigrants that came to the Black Lick Field to mine coal a century ago. (Mar. 2004 image by author)


Sam contributes this photo that he took, which he describes as "the boney dump in Nanty Glo, taken from where the C&I crossed Blacklick Creek." (2010 image courtesy of Sam Baker)


One of the Nanty Glo patches many years ago. (1937 Library of Congress image by Ben shahn)


This was a nicely maintained section of company housing. (1937 Library of Congress image by Ben Shahn)


Orthodox church and homes. (1937 Library of Congress image by Ben shahn)


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