Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Scranton, Pennsylvania: Lackawanna Coal Mine

Coal mines are nice places to visit, but you wouldn't want to work there. That might be the main lesson of a trip to the Lackawanna Coal Mine, located on the north side of Scranton. This was a working mine for several years; now it's just a good spot for tourists.

A former miner gives the tour of the place, and he spares no details about the dangerous, dirty nature of the work. Tall people can't stand up straight in some of the area, which is why children were useful employees before child labor laws thankfully came along. Replicas of workers and their animal helpers are placed around the mine. It's all pretty well done, and you come out into the sunshine thankful that you had other employment options.

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