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Woodward Breaker: 1900

Woodward Breaker: 1900

1900. "Woodward coal breaker, Kingston, Pennsylvania." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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Not a Horse

With those ears, I do believe that it's a mule.

Body count

Plus one horse or a mule! and one camera.

I'm gonna need a breathing mask just looking.

I believe a total of six men in this pic. Seven if someone is sleeping by the fire.

Lackawanna's biggest in 1900

The Woodward Breaker was served by Delaware, Lackawanna & Western. Opened in 1888, it was the largest mine on the DL&W at the time. In 1921 it was the third largest mine in Pennsylvania and closed in the 1960's. It also was one of the most gaseous mines in the state.

As Did I

Wonder who else has noticed him?


I wonder what that portal / tunnel at the base of the hill could have been.

And I spotted the other Breaker Boy there's two

On the Railroad service. I would imagine the Reading RR. To connect with the PRR.

Which one?

3rd window or top of stairs?

Just one?

I spotted three.

What RR served this breaker?

I see the numbers on the end of the hoppers, but no railroad lettering.

I spotted him

did you?

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