Black Gold Exhibit at Columbia Crossing River Trails Center
41 Walnut Street, Columbia, PA 17512
July 12, 2023 - March 1, 2024
Recurrence: Recurring daily
Susquehanna National Heritage Area announces a new exhibition and a related lecture. Come learn how the coal industry changed both the Susquehanna and the lives of those who lived on her banks.
Black Gold: A Look Back at the Effects of Anthracite Coal on the Susquehanna River
Anthracite coal was discovered in massive quantities across the northern branch of the Susquehanna River. It remains the only reserve of anthracite coal in the United States. The region was heavily mined in the 19th century and early 20th century. Canal boats filled with coal jammed the river at Columbia. The anthracite coal was essential to the nearby pig iron furnaces but was also shipped all over the country. The anthracite coal industry changed the Pennsylvania economy and environment.
Lynn Smoker, the collector and historian behind Columbia Crossing’s popular “Ice Harvesting” and “Hunting and Fishing” exhibits, has created a brand-new exhibition that tells the story of anthracite coal on the Susquehanna. Come experience Smoker’s vast collection of tools, art, photographs, and more. The exhibit will be on display at Columbia Crossing River Trails Center from July 2023-March 2024 and is free to the public.
Columbia Crossing is open Tuesday-Sunday. Visit www.SusqNHA.org for seasonal hours. Columbia Crossing River Trails Center is located at 41 Walnut Street, Columbia, PA 17512