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 Post subject: This is good reading
PostPosted: Tue Dec 01, 2009 11:09 pm 
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I'm not sure how I stumbled across this...but great stuff
Enjoy

http://newdeal.feri.org/nation/na3446.htm

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my grandfather use to be a bootleg minner when he was about my age in high school. it used to be his fathers. then one day they came and striped it. he said the locaton was by the mahanoy city little leage field if u know where thats at . all the coal was for his fathers house and store where he sold itiltian bread.
he still has his carbride lamp from those days.

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I know exactly where that is....years ago I used to do a lot of hiking/exploring around Mahanoy City and used to come across quite a bit of Bootleg holes, some were quite well engineered, some were downright dangerous to the point that even in my invinceable days ( stupid days) I wouldn't even considering entry. I wish I had brought a camera
I still like exploring and I live in Pillow, Pa which is smack dab in between the west middle field and the southern field...rumor has is that there were a few bootleg holes here in Pillow...though most of the senior residents who were around at that time went to the Valley View/Good Spring area as it was easier and better coal, and the big coal company didn't seem to care due to the terrain as I've been told......I do know this....Coal is great heat...... :)

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that is a good read! sums up the roots of the industry really well!

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btw thats a pretty area over there by pillow... i like it

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i drove tru pillow on my way to k-town one night.

all i could think of was that song by David Allen Coe.

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Pillow is a cool area as is heebe,rebuck,gratz,rough and ready, there the kind of places time thankfully forgot! That is one of the best articles I have seen yet telling how the Bootlegging industry got started. Now somebody needs to write a article on why the modern day bootleggers are freakin criminals in the eyes of the government. Maybe it's because they aren't in the welfare lines looking for a handout or something.

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By the way John, which David Allan Coe song?

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This is what I want to find

http://pillowpa.org/images/mineslope.jpg

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woah thats a pretty cool lookin slope!

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the only one about a pillow, mike

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Dear John;
Thank You for responding to my post in a timely fashion.
Mike A

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i like bootleggers

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Dear Mike A,

You are welcome to a timely response to your posts anytime you post them.

Sincerely,

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Yeah that is a cool slope....From what I'm told by the old timers, it is up on the mountain east side of Pillow gap somewhere between Pillow and Klingerstown and is all still there..
I will take my camera with me when I go looking for it.

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