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Contributions to the History of the Lackawanna Valley (Paperback) Loot Price: R405
Discovery Miles 4 050
Contributions to the History of the Lackawanna Valley (Paperback): Horace Hollister
Contributions to the History of the Lackawanna Valley (Paperback): Horace Hollister

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Contributions to the History of the Lackawanna Valley (Paperback)

Horace Hollister

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1857. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... WILLIAM WURTS EXPLORATION IN THE COAL FIELD OF THE LACKAWANNA--CONCEPTION AND EARLY HISTORY OF THE DELAWARE AND HUDSON CANAL. The war of 1812, interrupting commercial intercourse with Liverpool and Virginia, cut off the supplies of fuel from those places so completely, that charcoal rose to a ruinous price. To the manufacturing interests of the country, the consequences were, of course, highly disastrous. Men familiar with the nature of anthracite coal attempted to relieve this embarrassment if possible, by the introduction among manufacturers of this new kind of fuel. In 1814, a company of gentlemen was formed in Philadelphia to carry coal from the Lehigh summit to the city. The expense of delivering coal was so great ($14 per ton) that the enterprise was soon abandoned. Long before the coal-heart of the Lackawanna began to throb, there might have been seen in the valley a young man of energy, nerve and ambition, who afterwards performed so important a part in the development of the coal field. This was William Wurts, a merchant of Philadelphia, who for a series of years devoted much of his time and money among the rocks and rattlesnakes of Luzerne county, to an enterprise, considered then so wild and speculative that prudent men dismissed it from their minds with a smile. His first hope, founded upon the obscure knowledge attainable at that early day of the contour and geological structure of the country, was to trace the coal up the valley of the Lackawanna in the direction of the general trend of the mountain ranges, to the Delaware River. Obliged to resign this idea, and still retaining in view the Delaware as the grand highway for the transportation of his coal to market, his next conception was to reach the nearest tributary of that stream, the Lackawanna...

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Imprint: General Books LLC
Country of origin: United States
Release date: 2012
First published: 2012
Authors: Horace Hollister
Dimensions: 246 x 189 x 5mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 88
ISBN-13: 978-1-151-08246-6
Barcode: 9781151082466
Categories: Books
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LSN: 1-151-08246-5

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