National Geographic : 1935 Jul
PENN'S LAND OF MODERN MIRACLES Photograph by Edwin L. Wisherd THEY PAN THE SUSQUEHANNA FOR BLACK GOLD Scouring its way through the anthracite hills northeast of Harrisburg, the river brings down thou sands of tons of coal as fine as rice and peas. Fleets of barges suck it up from the bottom with powerful pumps, drain off the water, screen out the silt, and carry the coal ashore to be burned at a big electric plant or to be sold locally. , 'Photographby W. B. Bunnell CROUCHING MINERS ATTACK GLISTENING ANTHRACITE WITH COMPRESSED AIR In the Scranton region the coal lies between strata of rock after the manner of filling in a layer cake, except that the various veins and layers have been bent and twisted by ancient earth movements. Some of the danger and toil of the miner's life have been lessened in these modern times. Caps bear electric lamps instead of open flares, and power drills have superseded hand tools.