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The industrial, institutional, and practical modernization of the United States was contingent on the labor and the lives both lived and lost in the Anthracite Coal Region.

Originally inhabited by the Delaware and Susquehannock nations, the first anthracite coal was discovered in the mid-18th century and the first mine established in 1775 near Pittston, Pennsylvania.

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Cumberland County was first settled by a majority of Scots-Irish immigrants who arrived in this area about 1730.

English and German settlers constituted about ten percent of the early population.

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English, Welsh, Irish and German immigrants formed a large portion of this increase, followed by Polish, Slovak, Ruthenian, Ukrainian, Hungarian, Italian, Russian and Lithuanian immigrants.

The influence of these immigrant populations is still strongly felt in the region, with various towns possessing pronounced ethnic characters and cuisine.By the 1820s, coal was being shipped in large quantities out of the region.The population rapidly grew following the American Civil War, with the expansion of the mining and railroad industries.The anthracite mining industry loomed over the region until its decline in the 1950s.Strip mines and fires, most notably in Centralia remain visible.You will get more interest and responses here than all paid dating sites combined!

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