I think this may be a record (at least for me) to develop a project and get it online. In late May, a web surfing session about something totally unrelated (photographing rivers) led me to Pennsylvania’s Coal Country viewing images of a monstrous structure, the Huber Breaker. The problem was I was viewing other people’s images. I needed a set of my own.
Several emails and text messages later, a small crew (more about us later) well suited for documenting the breaker decided to go get started. The goal: exploration, learning and contributing to its preservation using our expertise as story tellers.
So as we are cracking the champagne bottle just in time for Independence Day, stay tuned as the project evolves. Look for interviews, blog posts, video clips, eventually a short documentary series.
I really like your website! My friends and I used to explore and hang out in the Huber in the mid 70s to early 80s. Brings back lots of good memories. My grandfather worked there as a miner. It is a shame that nothing was done to preserve the Huber right after the mining operations were doen — lots of mining histiory from this site has vanished since then. For example, the location of the Miner’s Memorial the Huber Breaker Preservation Society is building is right on top of the foundation of the No 5 Slope engine house. The Spole enetrance was covered over years ago. The No 4 Fan & Hoist and the main No. 20 Shaft are also, sadly, gone. These would have helped tell the complete story of anthracite mining in general, and the Huber’s story.
I look forward to new information as you post it. Thanks for putting this together.
glad you like the project. And thanks for the information, any other info you can pass our way would be great as we are always looking for sources.