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

Anthracite Mine Disaster

 
 
Anthracite Mine Disaster Marker image. Click for full size.
By PaulwC3, August 4, 2013
1. Anthracite Mine Disaster Marker
Inscription.  On the morning of April 7, 1911, the nearby Pancoast mine here in Throop was the scene of a disastrous fire. Seventy-two miners died by suffocation, and a government rescue worker also was killed. This tragedy soon led to the enactment, on June 15, of state legislation requiring that all interior buildings at coal mines be constructed of incombustible materials.
 
Erected 1994 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Disasters. In addition, it is included in the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission series list.
 
Location. 41° 26.758′ N, 75° 37.227′ W. Marker is in Throop, Pennsylvania, in Lackawanna County. Marker is at the intersection of Sanderson Street and Charles Street, on the right when traveling south on Sanderson Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 436 Sanderson Street, Scranton PA 18512, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Throop (here, next to this marker); War Memorial (here, next to this marker); Penn State Scranton Veterans Memorial
Wide view of the Anthracite Mine Disaster Marker image. Click for full size.
By PaulwC3, August 4, 2013
2. Wide view of the Anthracite Mine Disaster Marker
(approx. 0.4 miles away); Penn State Scranton (approx. 0.4 miles away); Blessed Sacrament Parish (approx. half a mile away); World Wars Memorial (approx. half a mile away); Our Lady of Victory Shrine (approx. half a mile away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Throop.
 
Also see . . .
1. Times-Tribune: Seventy-two men and boys perished in agony in the Pancoast Mine Disaster. (Submitted on August 20, 2013, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
2. PA Mine Inspection 1911: Mine Fire at the Pancoast Mine. (Submitted on August 20, 2013, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
3. Pennsylvania anthracite culm heaps: A burning issue (2015). (Submitted on April 30, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Pancoast Mine Culm Pile on Pancoast Street between Dimmick Street and Allegheny Court image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., April 30, 2018
3. Pancoast Mine Culm Pile on Pancoast Street between Dimmick Street and Allegheny Court
Increasingly overgrown culm piles are all that remain of the Pancoast Mine
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 30, 2018. It was originally submitted on August 20, 2013, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia. This page has been viewed 471 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 20, 2013, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.   3. submitted on April 30, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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