As I wrote yesterday, today we drove to Scranton and visited the Lackawanna Coal Mine Tour and Anthracite Heritage Museum. This was part of our WVIA member benefits. We decided I would take the older two and Chip would stay home with the younger boys. It was the longest I’ve ever been away from Daniel!
We didn’t have too long to spend in the museum, because our tour was called to go down in the mind.
First of all, let me say that this was one of the best tours we’ve ever had, and as homeschoolers, we drag the family to a fair few tours. Our tour guide was a master story teller, and did most of his teaching through stories.
Secondly, I hate tunnels. I really hated being underground. Hated. It.
We entered slope #190 in a caged car.
See that light? That’s literally the light at the end of the tunnel. It was pretty stinking small. We went deeper and deeper underground until we were 300 feet under in a mine opened in 1860.
Sorry. It’s hard to get pictures in the dark, dripping coal mines. I am constantly amazed at what humans will do when pressed to eek out a living. I’m equally amazed at how soft we’ve become. I’d like to believe that, if push came to shove, I could live tough and make the sacrifices these men and women (and children!) made for their families, but to be honest, I don’t know if I have it in me. Our forefathers and foremothers were hard core.
This certainly was a fascinating way to step into Pennsylvania history!