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Scranton in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Slope 190 Story

 
 
The Slope 190 Story Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., March 12, 2020
1. The Slope 190 Story Marker
Inscription.  

About 345 to 280 million years ago, the anthracite deposits beneath Scranton were formed. The Lackawanna Coal Mine Tour, or Slope 190, is part of the Northern Coal Field. Its coal deposits have the highest carbon content and are the deepest in the region. At one point, about half of Pennsylvania's total anthracite production came from this field. The Clark Vein in the Slope 190 mine is particularly rich because of an unusually heavy deposit of organic matter that settled and decayed there. While in operation, it had two openings and was mined using both underground drilling and strip mining methods. The Slope 190 mine functioned for more than 100 years and was owned by the Continental Coal Company when operations ceased in 1966. It was the last deep mine in Lackawanna County to be shut down.

Underground Lackawanna
The blueprint drawing shows the location of the Clark bed, the Dunmore #1 and Dunmore #2 beds in the Slope 190 Mine. These beds extend for thousands of feet in all directions. In order to reach these deep beds, visitors to the Lackawanna Coal Mine Tour will travel 300 feet down the mine shaft. The tour makes a

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circle through different mine tunnels, taking visitors beyond the main park road and curving toward the ventilation fan.
 
Erected by Lackawanna County.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EducationIndustry & CommerceParks & Recreational Areas. A significant historical year for this entry is 1966.
 
Location. 41° 25.033′ N, 75° 42.92′ W. Marker is in Scranton, Pennsylvania, in Lackawanna County. Marker is at the Lackawanna Coal Mine Tour loading area, in McDade Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Bald Mountain Road, Scranton PA 18504, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Charting the Course of Coal (here, next to this marker); The Heritage of the Anthracite American (here, next to this marker); The Anthracite Coal Fields (a few steps from this marker); Information About This Piece of Coal (a few steps from this marker); A 13,000 lb. Black Diamond (a few steps from this marker); Franklin Colliery Coal Mine Car (within shouting distance of this marker); Dynamite Magazine & Cap House (within shouting distance of this marker); Mobile Fire Fighting Equipment (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Scranton.
 
Also see . . .
1. Lackawanna Coal Mine Tour.
The Slope 190 Story Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., August 19, 2019
2. The Slope 190 Story Marker
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(Submitted on March 17, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Going 300ft Underground - Lackawanna Coal Mine Tour on YouTube. (Submitted on March 17, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Lackawanna Coal Mine. (Submitted on March 17, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 17, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 388 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 17, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

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