Avondale not just a small town inChester County
"Men, if you must die with your boots on, die for your families, your homes, your country, but do no longer consent to die like rats in a trap for those who have nomore interest in you than in the pick you dig with." John Siney, head of minersunion formed 1868.
The small township of Avondale, Pennsylvania slept soundly the night before the 6
of September. Little did they know that the next day their town would be at the centre of one of the most historic events in Pennsylvanias history. Avondale a small township in ChesterCounty woke up to a scene like any other fall morning however just hours away the populationwould be delved into turmoil. Anthracite coal mining was the main industry of Avondale at thetime and employed the vast majority of its inhabitants. Coal rich areas of Pennsylvania had alarge influx of eastern European immigrants whowere already used to mining coal mining and thework conditions that came with the job.
The Avondale mine disaster was the deadliest of Pennsylvania mining tragedies. It happened atthe Avondale Colliery on September 6
View of a street in Avondale