Richard S. wrote:
There is some significant dates and information missing or incorrect in that timeline.
1792 Anthracite is discovered in the Lehigh region of Pennsylvania.
1820 The first recorded anthracite coal company, the Lehigh Coal Mining Company, sends the first significant shipments of anthracite out of the coal field region.
I guess "anthracite coal company" may be interpretable but the first successful commercial mining activity was done by Abijah Smith in Plymouth, Pennsylvania in 1807 and shipped down the Susqhuehanna river in the spring of 1808. It's considered the birthplace of the commercial anthracite mining industry. Mining operations continued for many years after that so it wasn't just some fly by night deal. I should also note this is only few miles from where this picture was taken (that's my Great Grandfather to the very left and my Grandfather second from right )
1869 Anthracite is first used in a forge in Fell's Tavern located in Wilkes-Barre, PA.
I don't know if this in reference to a different event and/or why it would be important but anthracite coal was first successfully burned for "home heating" by Judge Fell on grate in 1808 in that same tavern. Prior to that I believe it was used only in forges which would of had a forced draft. The anniversary of this even was just celebrated a few weeks ago in Wilkes Barre, and they even used Origianl Grate to recreate event.
I can't find any news articles relating to it unfortunately.
I don't know about the accuracy of the other dates as I'm unfamiliar with them but considering thats two very significant inaccurcies I'd reserch them before using it as accurate document.
Well Richard I guess it depends on where the info is coming from I guess the debate will go on forever
In the United States, anthracite coal history began in 1790 in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, with the discovery of coal made by the hunter Necho Allen in what is now known as the Coal Region. Legend has it that Allen fell asleep at the base of Broad Mountain and woke to the sight of a large fire because his campfire had ignited an outcropping of anthracite coal. By 1795, an anthracite-fired iron furnace had been built on the Schuylkill River.
Anthracite was first experimentally burned as a residential heating fuel in the USA on February 11, 1808, by Judge Jesse Fell in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, on an open grate in a fireplace. Anthracite differs from wood in that it needs a draft from the bottom, and Judge Fell proved with his grate design that it was a viable heating fuel.
In the spring of 1808, John and Abijah Smith shipped the first commercially-mined load of anthracite down the Susquehanna River from Plymouth, Pennsylvania, marking the birth of commercial anthracite mining in the United States. From that first mine, production rose to an all-time high of over 100 million tons in 1917.
From the late 1800s until the 1950s, anthracite was the most popular fuel for heating homes and other buildings in the northern United States, until it was supplanted first by oil burning systems and more recently by natural gas systems as well. Many large public buildings, like schools, were heated with anthracite-burning furnaces through the 1970s.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthracite