Susquehanna Coal Company No. 5 Breaker

Susquehanna Coal Company No. 5 Breaker

Susquehanna Coal Company No. 5 Breaker  Digitally Watermarked

Susquehanna Coal Company No. 5 Breaker

Photographer/Illustrator Year Repository
Unknown Luzerne County Historical Society



Brief Chronology of Mining Developments

Year Month Day Comments
1873 - - Breaker construction commenced at Shaft No. 2, which was then being sunk
1874 - - Breaker construction stopped following the Banking Panic in the Fall of 1873, but shaft sinking continued at a slower rate
1875 - - Construction was still suspended, a total of $17,519 had been spent on it up to this date
1878 Feb 4th Board of Managers approved resumption of work on the breaker
1879 May 24th Board of Managers reported that breaker construction did not in fact proceed in 1878 because of the depressed condition of the trade, but it now approved the work based on a cost estimate of $40,514
1880 Apr 1st This large breaker capable of shipping more than 1500 tons per day was completed ready to ship coal
1885 - - The breaker became the first in the Coal Regions to be lit by electricity
1888 - - It produced the laregst output yet recorded in the Northern Field, but based on the output of more than one mine opening (cf. Nottingham)


Production Statistics Table

Year Current Name Tonnage Mined Tonnage Shipped Employees Days Worked Operator
1880 No. 5 Breaker 189463 - - 208.5 Susquehanna Coal Company
1881 Breaker No. 5 306196 - 662 270.65 Susquehanna Coal Company
1882 Breaker No. 5 302213 - 683 284 Susquehanna Coal Company
1883 Breaker No. 5 415974 - 908 300.75 Susquehanna Coal Company
1884 Breaker No. 5 506632 - 939 296.15 Susquehanna Coal Company
1885 Breaker No. 5 540380 - 1106 302.45 Susquehanna Coal Company
1886 Breaker No. 5 547677 - 1117 293 Susquehanna Coal Company
1887 Breaker No. 5 514805 - 1104 245.85 Susquehanna Coal Company
1888 Breaker No. 5 622037 - 1133 287 Susquehanna Coal Company
1889 Breaker No. 5 514439 - 1207 235.25 Susquehanna Coal Company
1890 Breaker No. 5 453900 - 1065 222.55 Susquehanna Coal Company
1891 Breaker No. 5 447170 - 1018 270.8 Susquehanna Coal Company
1892 Breaker No. 5 504823 - 1141 254.45 Susquehanna Coal Company
1893 Breaker No. 5 491279 - 1214 243.55 Susquehanna Coal Company
1894 Breaker No. 5 457170 - 1394 216.8 Susquehanna Coal Company
1895 Breaker No. 5, Shaft No. 2 & Slope No. 4 477940 - 1366 190.6 Susquehanna Coal Company
1896 Breaker No. 5 432147 362823 1422 175 Susquehanna Coal Company
1897 Slope No. 4, breaker No. 5 408807 - 1530 170.8 Susquehanna Coal Company
1898 Shaft No. 2, Slope No. 4, Breaker No. 5 374451 310704 1301 164.7 Susquehanna Coal Company
1899 Breaker No. 5, Shaft No. 2, Slope No. 4 189652 140683 1192 98.25 Susquehanna Coal Company
1900 Breaker No. 5 286943 228488 1231 188.15 Susquehanna Coal Company
1901 Breaker No. 5 380126 311422 1319 228.2 Susquehanna Coal Company
1902 Breaker No. 5, Shaft Nos. 2, 4 and 5 234848 167928 1368 122.45 Susquehanna Coal Company