While my camera is still broken I can't show you how much we enjoyed our tour of the Lackawanna Coal Mine in Scranton, Pennsylvania. What I can do, however, is tell you what I now know about coal:
1 - there are no more any deep coal mines in Pennsylvania, except maybe in Hazleton, the tour guide wasn't 100% sure.
2 - surface mining is much safer and the more preferred method of mining coal.
3 - deep coal mining leaves a whole lot of coal unmined because they mine the coal in patterns that resemble a city street, where the middle of the block is left intact to create a "pillar" so that the mine doesn't fall down.
4 - anthracite coal is also known as "black diamonds"
5 - it takes one guy in my tour 2 tons of coal a year to heat his garage to 50 degrees, average. This costs $185 per ton. It sounds to me like way too much coal for anything. It takes me just a few chunks to cook dinner for my family.
6 - coal was formed from old, crushed, antique plant matter, much like oil, only solid not liquid.
7 - 2 men died every 3 days in one coal mine.
8 - the Lackawanna coal mine's peak period for employment was 1916. It closed in the 1960's after 100 years of mining.
9 - It's very cold in the mine, bring a sweater.
10 - the train that takes you down is fun, sort of like a roller coaster but very very very slow.
11 - the gift shop here did not carry film.