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The tragic tale of a Locust Gap miner and his murdered widow

Every day, thousands of travelers drive along the winding roads that meander through the hills and mountains of the coal region, giving little thought to the hundreds of miles of labyrinthian tunnels beneath their wheels, where generations of men toiled to harvest black diamonds from the bowels of the earth.

Countless mining accidents have claimed countless lives since the first vein of coal was discovered by Isaac Tomlinson in the bed of Kulpmont's Quaker Run in 1790, and it occurs to very few of us, while passing through the coal region, that the bodies of dozens of unfortunate miners were never recovered from the scene of their demise. Their bones, long forgotten, perhaps molder beneath our very feet, hundreds of feet below the surface. This could have been the fate of a young miner from Mount Carmel, whose skeleton was discovered years after he was last seen alive

On the evening of September 23, 1921, the village of Locust Gap was saddened to learn that an accident had occurr…

Man killed by his own false teeth

In 1931, a dinner among friends in a bungalow along the Lehigh River turned to tragedy after a Philadelphia man choked to death on his false teeth.