Over the years Shenandoah has been described in many different ways. During the town's heyday it was called "the only Wild West town in the East" for the rough-and-tumble attitude of its residents, "the city of churches" for the many houses of worship located within its borders, and "little New York" for the town's diverse population.
During the Great Coal Strike of 1902 the Pennsylvania National Guard was called into Shenandoah to keep the peace and curb rioting by angry miners. The strike would only be resolved after President Theodore Roosevelt intervened.
A point of interest to visitors as well as locals is the Pennsylvania Anthracite Miners Memorial, in Shenandoah's Girard Park, at the corner of Main and Washington Streets. The large three-paneled bronze bas relief sculpture by Zenos Frudakis is dedicated to the thousands of anthracite coal miners who lived and worked in Pennsylvania. The impressive monument is surrounded by bricks featuring the names of many of the miners, and benches where visitors can rest and reflect on the hardworking residents of the Upper Schuylkill Region who helped to build America.
That first one is quite large, there are at least two from my area that i can think of. I'll have to get some pictures. There's one across the river in Pittston and another in Plymouth. The one in Pittston has a huge chunk of coal included, I'll bet it weighs at least 3 tons.