Sunday, March 6, 2011

Back down to Stringtown, PA, a suburb of Carmichaels, PA trail, filming some old time hill side coal mines.

It started snowing this morning, despite it being in the 60's a few days ago, ruining my plans to take the bicycle out, so I decided to head on back down the path under my house and film some of the old time hill side coal mines down there.  This post might be a little redundant of the one I did earlier in the year,  but I have video this time.  Also, fellow explorer, Chip posted just yesterday a lost video blog he filmed of some similar mines in Rices Landing, PA, and those got a loving response, so I couldn't be out done.  Stringtown, PA is what I like to call a suburb of Carmichaels, PA, and though not much of a town, it has wonderful access to the river so lets take a look...

Welcome to the trailhead
Heading down on this snowy day.

The mines are located just down the path, and unlike Chip's Rices Landing mines, these have no old tracks inside them, these are more of the "personal use" mines.  I noticed since my last trip, there were a few more rockslides, covering up a few of the openings into the hillside.   So, if you are planning on going into these mines, a word of advice, don't.  
A few pictures before the videos....

Inside the mine.  The coal seam on the right and left of the posts must be 4 feet tall.

Video 1

Video 2

And yes, I did mine some coal today, I'd be derelict in my duties if I hadn't.   Safely, mind you.  Going to take it over to my buddy's workshop and burn it up as an homage to todays trip.

     And in closing, a big "thank you" to all the blog followers/viewers, we just hit 10,000 page views today, thanx to all of you!


  1. Hi - enjoyed your video - thanks for sharing. Do you know much about the old Stringtown or where the Dravo cemetery is from what you video'd? I had relatives which I discovered from my research who lived & mined in Stringtown. I cannot find much info about the area. Any info would be appreciated. What is age of your home? Looks quite nice.
    Thanks, Susan

  2. Hi Susan.... I will look into the Dravo cemetery when I get back home next week (work out of town). And thanx for the old house comment, I didnt realize I put it in the video, It dates back to the early 1800's