This is my hometown of Tamaqua PA. It is in the center of the Coal Region where Anthracite has been mined for hundreds of years. I spent my wonder years of the 1950s and 1960s here. Don Serfass - a local journalist - took this picture today.
Lulu and I were raised about 1 mile apart - her home was just on the other side of that mountain. I spent my entire teaching career about 5 miles east of the train station.
Most of the coal industry is gone - along with it the thriving railroad industry. Many of the people there that still work - drive an hour or two to work into big city. For 10 years - Lulu drove over 100 miles each way to be a professor in New York City.