Stanton Breaker

Stanton Breaker

Stanton Breaker  Digitally Watermarked

Stanton Breaker

Photographer/Illustrator Year Repository
Unknown F.C. Petrillo Collection



Brief Chronology of Mining Developments

Year Month Day Comments
1870 - - shaft sinking commenced by Wilkes-Barre Coal and Iron Company
1872 - - the new No. 7 slope was being sunk down from the old Stanton slope and was intended to connect with the Audenreid shaft to act as its second opening
1873 - - shaft sinking was completed, but the shaft was not timbered or lined, the breaker was not yet built; at 892 ft deep this was the deepest shaft in the coalfield at the time
1874 - - at year end the shaft was timbered and lined, but the tunnels were not completed and the machinery was not yet finished
1879 May 6th serious fire in workings
1879 May 18th in a separate incident the breaker caught fire and was completely destroyed
1879 May - after the first mine fire the mine was deliberately flooded but the flooding caused considerable damage to the underground workings
1879 May - six men who were fighting the fire were badly burned and later died of their injuries
1880 - - start of new breaker construction
1880 - - sinking of new air shaft commenced
1881 - - air shaft reached a depth of 608 feet by the year end, its dimensions were 25 ft by 12 ft and it was designed to improve the ventilation of the Audenreid workings
1882 - - a force of men were at work re-opening the mine and restoring ventilation to the old workings
1883 Mar - new breaker was finished and ready for operation when connection to the new air shaft was completed
1883 Apr - air shaft had reached a depth of 840 feet to the Baltimore seam and was to be connected to the main Stanton workings this month; the air shaft had a 35-foot fan attached
1890 Aug 30th A squeeze commenced that released enormous quantities of explosive gases; the men were withdrawn from the mine from Sept. 6th until the squeeze ended; no lives were lost


Production Statistics Table

Year Current Name Tonnage Mined Tonnage Shipped Employees Days Worked Operator
1875 Audenried Colliery 13000 - 280 - Lehigh and Wilkes-Barre Coal Company
1876 Audenried Colliery 70510 - 458 142.5 Lehigh and Wilkes-Barre Coal Company
1877 Audenreid - - - - Lehigh and Wilkes-Barre Coal Company
1878 Audenried - 63783 485 100.25 Lehigh and Wilkes-Barre Coal Company
1879 Audenried - 66676 616 70.25 Lehigh and Wilkes-Barre Coal Company
1880 Stanton - - - - Lehigh and Wilkes-Barre Coal Company
1881 Stanton - - 25 - Lehigh and Wilkes-Barre Coal Company
1882 Stanton - - - - Lehigh and Wilkes-Barre Coal Company
1883 Stanton 69658 - 390 74.05 Lehigh and Wilkes-Barre Coal Company
1884 Stanton 116802 - 578 160.65 Lehigh and Wilkes-Barre Coal Company
1885 Stanton 163485 - 669 151.15 Lehigh and Wilkes-Barre Coal Company
1886 Stanton 217954 212926 603 181 Lehigh and Wilkes-Barre Coal Company
1887 Stanton 273474 266477 653 220.95 Lehigh and Wilkes-Barre Coal Company
1888 Stanton 229600 220650 657 195.6 Lehigh and Wilkes-Barre Coal Company
1889 Stanton 214747 204491 572 159.65 Lehigh and Wilkes-Barre Coal Company
1890 Stanton No. 7 115581 104688 508 90.6 Lehigh and Wilkes-Barre Coal Company
1891 Stanton No. 7 31813 21844 376 - Lehigh and Wilkes-Barre Coal Company
1892 Stanton No. 7 192051 177915 639 160.3 Lehigh and Wilkes-Barre Coal Company
1893 Stanton No. 7 219597 205775 666 175.7 Lehigh and Wilkes-Barre Coal Company
1894 Stanton No. 7 173043 163701 676 125.05 Lehigh and Wilkes-Barre Coal Company
1895 Stanton No. 7 189537 159898 697 129.3 Lehigh and Wilkes-Barre Coal Company
1896 Stanton No. 7 175234 141406 703 109.65 Lehigh and Wilkes-Barre Coal Company
1897 Stanton No. 7 202516 168074 753 127.4 Lehigh and Wilkes-Barre Coal Company
1898 Stanton No. 7 165855 137739 663 99.3 Lehigh and Wilkes-Barre Coal Company
1899 Stanton No. 7 277669 249913 704 147.5 Lehigh and Wilkes-Barre Coal Company
1900 Stanton No. 7 250896 215403 693 141.5 Lehigh and Wilkes-Barre Coal Company
1901 Stanton No. 7 223196 202635 659 145.4 Lehigh and Wilkes-Barre Coal Company
1902 Stanton No. 7 57982 44384 858 30.4 Lehigh and Wilkes-Barre Coal Company