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 Post subject: Capouse/Briggs Breaker
PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2008 5:30 pm 
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Hi friends,

A discussion started, but never finished, on a railroad list has floated over to my blog. A gentleman in the mid-west shared some maps of the area around the Capouse Breaker near Cayuga Junction in the Keyser Valley section of Scranton.

Capouse was a Lackawanna Iron & Coal property, later sold to the Scranton Coal Co. On the maps, it is called "Briggs."

We are trying to figure out the year of the name change, or if there was an official name and a nickname. I thought the change could be circa 1900, but a NY Times article from 1871 talks about a Briggs Breaker. Same one?

Also of interest to me, the NYO&W railroad served the breaker via a branch built mainly to reach it. The name of the branch? Capouse. I have never seen NYO&W docs call the breaker Briggs.

I have read that in later years coal mined there was processed at Johnson #2.

Link over to my site for the maps: http://www.robertjohndavis.com/blog

Rob Davis

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hey rob, lemme dig up a bit on this. i have heard of the cappouse and briggs. i believe these were 2 different operations but i could be wrong, ill find out for ya.

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