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Near Great Bend in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

"Lokies" boost coal production ...

 
 
"Lokies" boost coal production ... Marker image. Click for full size.
By Deb Hartshorn, August 22, 2010
1. "Lokies" boost coal production ... Marker
Inscription.  Made in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, this battery powered locomotive or "lokie," hauled cars full of anthracite coal from the mine's depths to the surface for processing in the coal breaker. "Lokies," replaced mules in the transportation of coal out of the mine, increasing the quantity of daily coal production. The mine worker who drove the locomotive was known as "the motorman."
Photo courtesy of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission: "Electric Storage Battery Locomotive in Eddy Creek Mine", by John Horgan, Jr, circa 1919.
The Eddy Creek Mine was located in Olyphant, Lackawanna County, Pa.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce.
 
Location. 41° 59.025′ N, 75° 44.914′ W. Marker is near Great Bend, Pennsylvania, in Susquehanna County. Marker can be reached from Interstate 81 at milepost 232. Great Bend Welcome Center - southbound. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Great Bend PA 18821, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Citizen Soldiers from Bravo Company, First Battalion, One Hundred and Ninth Mechanized Infantry
"Lokies" boost coal production ... Marker and "lokie" image. Click for full size.
By Deb Hartshorn, August 22, 2010
2. "Lokies" boost coal production ... Marker and "lokie"
(within shouting distance of this marker); War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Pennsylvania (approx. 0.7 miles away); Joseph Smith (approx. 1.3 miles away); Binghamton and Upper Susquehanna (approx. 3 miles away in New York); a different marker also named Joseph Smith (approx. 6 miles away); “Go, and Be Baptized” (approx. 6.1 miles away); The Susquehanna River (approx. 6.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Great Bend.
 
"Lokie" image. Click for full size.
By Deb Hartshorn, August 22, 2010
3. "Lokie"
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 10, 2010, by Deb Hartshorn of Burlington County, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 854 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 10, 2010, by Deb Hartshorn of Burlington County, New Jersey. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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