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

Abijah Smith & Company

 
 
Abijah Smith & Company Marker image. Click for full size.
By PaulwC3, August 3, 2013
1. Abijah Smith & Company Marker
Inscription. Established 1807 by Abijah Smith, who had bought 75 acres here on Ransom Creek and was later joined by his brother John. Their shipments of coal by ark down the Susquehanna, begun in 1807, continued for 20 years. This company was, in 1818, the first to extract Pennsylvania coal by powder blasting. In the same family almost 70 years, it was considered the first commercially successful U.S. anthracite firm.
 
Erected 1989 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Location. 41° 14.117′ N, 75° 57.686′ W. Marker is in Plymouth, Pennsylvania, in Luzerne County. Marker is on West Main Street (U.S. 11) 0.1 miles south of Coal Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 747 West Main Street, Plymouth PA 18651, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Shawnee Fort (a few steps from this marker); Sephaniah Reese (1866-1944) (approx. 0.7 miles away); World War I Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away); 28th Infantry Division Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away); Vietnam War Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away); Sergeant Sherwood Baker
Wide view of the Abijah Smith & Company Marker image. Click for full size.
By PaulwC3, August 3, 2013
2. Wide view of the Abijah Smith & Company Marker
(approx. 0.7 miles away); War Memorial (approx. 0.9 miles away); Gulf War Memorial (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Plymouth.
 
Also see . . .  The Pittsburgh Press: The first American Coal Man. (Submitted on September 21, 2013, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 19, 2013, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia. This page has been viewed 387 times since then and 88 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 19, 2013, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.
 
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