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Huber Breaker:At 134 foot tall ,eleven stories it was the largest anthracite coal breaker in North America. Built in 1938 it was a technological wonder to behold and it was built to meet the needs of the many mines in the area. It served as both a breaker and colliery where seven thousand tons of coal could be broken up sifted, sorted, washed then distributed by train gondolas. During periods of full production the Glen Alden Coal Company employed seven to ten thousand people. A marketing strategy ahead of its time saw the company dye the coal blue and it became their trademark.
It closed in 1973.Long since abandoned around 1976 it first became a target for vandalism and as economy went downward scrappers found it attractive. Today urban explorers and photographers are probably the last witnesses to its demise. There were plans to try and preserve it as an historical site within a park setting but as owner has declared bankruptcy that possibility seems more and more remote.
More photos of mine from the coal mining era can be seen at http://www.jimcookphotography.com I have titled this piece "Icons" as the breaker certainly is but the figure as an icon represents all those who toiled within the walls of this facility.
I have been here several times and first sought permission from Earth Conservancy which has an office very nearby, I never had a problem since then but have heard of people being told to leave so not sure what the official status is. Since first posting this photo it subsequently was selected for the cover of issue 9 for the e-zine Uncharted Frontier an online magazine featuring new and emerging talent.
November 2nd, 2012
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