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MUSIC IN THE PARK BACK TO ITS NORMAL ROUTINE

August 3, 2012

Coal, coke histories run deep in Punxsy, surrounding areas

August 3, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The coal industry has had its ups and downs over the years, but here in the Punxsutawney area, at one time coal was king.

The history of coal industry in Punxsutawney and western Pennsylvania was the subject of a video presentation followed by a discussion at the Lattimer House hosted Wednesday by the Punxsutawney Area Historical and Genealogical Society.

Shirley Sharpe, Historical Society member, said coal mines originally were like the gold mines out west, where the owner would receive a deed, and the ground and the mineral rites would belong to him.

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