Lackawanna Coal Mine with the Drapers

Good friends from Metuchen decided to make a trip to visit us here in Northeastern Pennsylvania.  They love food just like we do, so most of their visit was about the food and the friendship.  We enjoyed our favorite pizza from Andy’s in Peckville and the next day devoured more local pizza from Revello’s.  Since they made the trip all the way here we decided we should visit a local attraction.  It had been years since Marc and I had visited the coal mine and a first for the kids. 

Saturday morning we headed to the Lackawanna Coal Mine Tour.  We watched a video on the history of the mine and then descended down Slope #190 to see where they had mined the anthracite coal.  Our tour guide Tony was exceptional and encouraged us to ask lost of questions.  We learned about how children started working in the mine as young as 7 years old.  We learned how immigrant mine workers spent long ours in dangerous cramped conditions.  Tony shared information about how the mining was done and the dangers these men faced to support their families.  He also let us know they were thankful to have jobs.  If you are ever near Scranton this is a piece of history you shouldn’t miss.  We are so happy the Drapers were able to share this with us.  Good times really are all about the special people in our lives.



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