Taylor Borough donates items to McDade Park coal mining museum

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LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Uncovering history. Rustic coal mining equipment will soon be on display as it was donated to Lackawanna County.

Pieces of history lay amongst weeds. Once used to process coal in Taylor.

“The breaker was the most visible site. It tends to be what people think of when they think of anthracite coal mining. They were huge structures, they were mostly open inside,” Sarah Piccini, the assistant director of Lackawanna County Historical Society.

Sarah Piccini shares the history of the former, Moffat Breaker, which was located off North Main Street.

It’s where coal would be crushed into different sizes to be marketed, it’s where you would find the “breaker boys.”

“Moffat was like that last man standing, almost. That absorbed the Taylor Breaker, they absorbed Glen Alden in the 1950s,” explained Piccini.

In 1955 Moffat closed its operation 200 men lost their jobs.

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