Bootleg coal in the Great Depression

Re: Bootleg coal in the Great Depression

PostBy: ntp71 On: Fri Dec 06, 2013 5:48 pm

pineyguy wrote:I buy my coal from Mazaika in Rush Township (Tamaqua area.) They have a wash/processing plant and I believe all their feedstock comes from small mining companies. The price is good ($180 per ton now for pick-up) and the coal has always been good quality. Nice guys too. Might be too far a trip from Nanticoke though.


Thanks PineGuy I will check them out. I usually make a day out of it so I don't mind a little travelling as I am originally from the Hazleton area, my daughter lives in Weatherly, and I work in the Poconos, so driving around in a big circle is something I am use to. I could pick up a load in Rush Twp. and head to Weatherly the back way from there, then up 487 back to Nanticoke.
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Re: Bootleg coal in the Great Depression

PostBy: pineyguy On: Fri Dec 06, 2013 8:31 pm

If you come down 81 get off at McAdoo, take 309 south to the light. Make a right and they're about a quarter mile in on the right. (Left is the back way to Weatherly through Still Creek)
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Re: Bootleg coal in the Great Depression

PostBy: ntp71 On: Fri Dec 06, 2013 10:29 pm

pineyguy wrote:If you come down 81 get off at McAdoo, take 309 south to the light. Make a right and they're about a quarter mile in on the right. (Left is the back way to Weatherly through Still Creek)


I think I know where you mean. My daughter used to go to Marian. Thanks for the info. DO you have a phone number for them?
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Re: Bootleg coal in the Great Depression

PostBy: pineyguy On: Fri Dec 06, 2013 10:51 pm

I'll pm you.
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Re: Bootleg coal in the Great Depression

PostBy: lewis On: Fri Dec 06, 2013 10:58 pm

I thought it was nice this movie was posted online for viewing years back it could only be seen in theaters for events to limited audiences. I enjoyed watching it but glad I never traveled to see it or attempt to make a night of it. It appears to be a hobby for these tiny operations I have not been following the board for a few years but if I'm not wrong all of the deep mines are now closed ???
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Re: Bootleg coal in the Great Depression

PostBy: ntp71 On: Sat Dec 07, 2013 6:55 pm

lewis wrote:I have not been following the board for a few years but if I'm not wrong all of the deep mines are now closed ???


Look at this thread

http://nepacrossroads.com/about26350.html

I have not personally visited these mines, however based on the active list it appears there still are. And according to PineGuy some of them are sending their coal to Mazaika Coal to be processed.
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Re: Bootleg coal in the Great Depression

PostBy: ACBurke On: Mon Jan 13, 2014 6:38 pm

Lewis:

I'm not sure if you watched the whole documentary or not, but I saw a group of self-sufficient people who did this for generations to put food on the table.


"I thought it was nice this movie was posted online for viewing years back it could only be seen in theaters for events to limited audiences. I enjoyed watching it but glad I never traveled to see it or attempt to make a night of it. It appears to be a hobby for these tiny operations I have not been following the board for a few years but if I'm not wrong all of the deep mines are now closed ???" lewis

What really hit home was the way MSHA and the Federal Govt., in cooperation with UMW, since 2001 has tried repeatedly to shut down the independent miners, apparently with great success.
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Re: Bootleg coal in the Great Depression

PostBy: DePippo79 On: Wed Jan 15, 2014 9:53 pm

Enjoyed the movie. I'm not a miner, but understand when you and your family have been doing something your whole life, it's impossible to try and do something else. It really does get in your blood. Makes me appreciate what these people do to keep us warm. God bless them. Matt
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Re: Bootleg coal in the Great Depression

PostBy: mojobe44 On: Tue Jun 03, 2014 12:49 am

ntp71 wrote:Thanks for the Link...very interesting. You got me searching...so I found this.

http://www.snagfilms.com/films/title/hard_coal_last_of_the_bootleg_miners

Neal

That is a powerful documentary! Thanks for the link.
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