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1959 heres a song our music teacher rewrote since we were from Coaldale Pa .This was home of L N C as previously noted .Going to school walking you could here the massive machinery in the coal breaker .Also the tooting of the lokies pulling 20 mine cars going to the breaker .One mine number colliery started at 630 a m.It was located on a hill an most of the men walkedto work .Some took there mining lamps home .I saw this it looked like fireflies dancing as the miners walked to the colliery . Song: I'm Dreaming of a Black Christmas, just like the ones I used to know. Where the coal cars glisten & children listen, to hear colliery whistles blow. I'm dreaming of a black Christmas, with every coal car that I fill. May your days be merry and bright, any may all your coal be Anthracite. Merry Christmas to all Jack
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A very fitting & enlightening post Den, as I recall living in a steel mill town many if not most of the men in that time lived close enough & walked to work. Thinking back of those years most never owned a car & a city bus was the main means of transportation, there was lots of work but little pay. A Merry Christmas to you & yours as well.
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Thanx Jack for another look at the Days and Folks gone bye ! They're Long Gone,The Landmarks are Long Gone or Faded,Our Childhood's Long Gone,but gives us a Passport to go back in our memories. Thank God for that for the mostpart. Keep the Good,and Share It. Thanx for sharing it with us at Christmas....Jack,Fred and Sam,you know what I mean ! I still remember circulating the Water Tower with my Dad,Bob Sr. on Kelley's Island. Just he and I as we crossed over into Christmas Day at Midnight 1989......Magical...It was -10 degrees,and it was a privilege to have the shot to be with him after flying over from the Mainland. Had to circ the Tower periodically so it wouldn't freeze. Lost the Old Man in '94,and he and I still share the Crossing Over into Christmas Day at Midnight to this Day ! Merry Christmas To One And All !
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I love hearing stories like this. I am big into local history and where I grew up and still live, we have lots of mining history. I thoroughly enjoy reading all the history of the local mining villages in my area that use to mine iron ore(magnetite) until operations moved further west. In Franklin township, Ogdensburg and a few other towns there are still blocks of homes that use to be occupied by the miners and their families well into the 1900's. It's amazing how much an area can change in less than a century which I guess is why I have such an interest in the local history. Many of the areas around here still consist of thousands of acres of forest, but yet over a century ago when mining was in full swing there were actually very little wooded areas because of the need for charcoal and obviously the increased number of farms. Merry Christmas!
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Indeed mm, just take a ride through Bethlehem, Pa. I have not been there since they opened the Casino,(if that's even still there) but, it saddened me whenever I went through the back area's--plenty of bars still open though:(