Shamokin, Northumberland Co., Pennsylvania, USAThis page is currently not sponsored. Click here to sponsor this page.
1839 begins the Shamokin coal trade. The tonnage for this season was eleven thousand nine hundred thirty tons, which was mined from some four different operations. Dewart & Donnel were the owners of valuable coal lands on the east side of the water gap. They opened up several drifts in the gap on the line of the railroad and leased them to Yoxtheimer & Snyder of Sunbury, who carried on these mines for a year or so until they failed. These mines were, years later, to become one of the most famous collieries in the State, known as the Cameron colliery. In 1840, J. K. Purdy & Company mines, as well as the John C. Boyd owned quarry, known as the "Sauer Kraut Works," first operated by William Fagely, were united to those of the east side to form additional parts of the Cameron colliery.
In 1871, the P. & R. established a subsidiary, the Philadelphia & Reading Coal and Iron Company (P.& R.C.& I.) to capitalize on the lucrative demand for anthracite and gain control of much of the vast deposits residing within Pennsylvania. Cameron colliery and many of the smaller local operation were acquired, and remained in operation under their ownership, into the late 20th century. Some small local operation, particularly West Cameron Mining, still operate to date, but produced a mere 1,671 tons in 2002.
NOTE: There have not been nor are there at present any significant/long term coal fires within these mines nor on the local waste piles. Specimens noted as originating from Shamokin are more likely from the Burnside locality, site of a burning anthracite coal waste pile, located approx. 1.5 km south-southwest of Shamokin. http://www.mindat.org/loc-23693.html
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Ashburner, C.A. (1883), Second Geological Survey of Pennsylvania, volume AA: Anthracite Coal Region.
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