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Eckley in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Slate Picker's

1854

 
 
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By TeamOHE, October 19, 2019
1. The Slate Picker's Marker
Inscription.  These are the smallest and oldest of the miners homes at Eckley. With only a living room and kitchen/dining area on the first floor, and a sleeping loft above, the poorest families lived here.

Men who lived here with their families were often hurt, older, or otherwise unable to work underground. They were called slate pickers because they worked in the breaker. They often performed a variety of menial tasks. Daily survival was difficult, Women and small children prepared meals, cleaned, washed laundry, hauled water, firewood and coal, tended the garden, canned, and fed the few farm animals they might own.

Many women took in additional laundry, scrubbed floors, performed seamstress work, or otherwise subsided the family home. They would also sell or barter any extra produce, fruit, baked goods, and products from the animals. Girls went to school until about sixth or seventh grade then worked local factories or mills to further support the family.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureIndustry & Commerce.
 
Location.

The Slate Picker's Marker image. Click for full size.
By TeamOHE, October 19, 2019
2. The Slate Picker's Marker
40° 59.65′ N, 75° 51.45′ W. Marker is in Eckley, Pennsylvania, in Luzerne County. Marker is on Main Street, on the right when traveling east. On the grounds of the Eckley Miners' Village & Museum (Ghost Town). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Weatherly PA 18255, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Laborer’s Double Dwelling (within shouting distance of this marker); Eckley Miners’ Village (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Eckley Miners’ Village (about 500 feet away); Exploring the Corridor (about 500 feet away); Veterans Memorial Tree (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named Eckley Miners' Village (about 700 feet away); Eckley Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Land Use (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Eckley.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 30, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 28, 2020, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 29 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 28, 2020, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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