Cornwall, Pennsylvania (Images of America Series)

Overview

Cornwall was founded in 1737 after a tremendous amount of iron ore was discovered in three hills. Mining started in earnest in 1742 when a charcoal furnace was constructed in Cornwall to smelt the iron ore. Operations of open pit and underground mining continued for more than 230 years until June 1972 when Hurricane Agnes flooded the mine. The iron ore was used to cast cannon and shot for the Continental army and later to construct our country's buildings, bridges, and infrastructure. Vintage images culled from ...

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Overview

Cornwall was founded in 1737 after a tremendous amount of iron ore was discovered in three hills. Mining started in earnest in 1742 when a charcoal furnace was constructed in Cornwall to smelt the iron ore. Operations of open pit and underground mining continued for more than 230 years until June 1972 when Hurricane Agnes flooded the mine. The iron ore was used to cast cannon and shot for the Continental army and later to construct our country's buildings, bridges, and infrastructure. Vintage images culled from area archives illustrate the mining history, community culture, and development of the borough of Cornwall.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738574653
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 7/4/2011
  • Series: Images of America Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles Boyer and Robert Donley were raised in Cornwall, graduated from Cornwall High School, and have been lifelong residents of the Cornwall area. Boyer is a third-generation miner with decades of mining experience, and both Boyer and Donley have a profound interest in preserving the history of the mine and community. The images presented in Cornwall are from the collections of the authors and local residents.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

Cornwall Time Line 9

1 The Early Years 11

2 Steam Trains Come to Cornwall 15

3 Steam Shovels Come to Cornwall 33

4 Bethlehem Steel and Cornwall 47

5 Churches, Businesses, and the Community of Cornwall 77

6 It Is All Underground Now 93

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