When Coal Was Queen: The History of the Queen City - Olyphant, Pennsylvania
Copyright 2009 Jay Luke
IT CAN BE SAID that each day is a drive through history. Ghosts of the past can be seen all around us if we just look deep enough. Clues can be found to link us to the past through locations, buildings, artifacts; even street names can point us to our rich past. This book is a labor of love for each of us involved.
We realized that as more time passes, more buildings and sights of historical significance are being knocked down or built over. When they are gone, sometimes a bit of their memory escapes with them as well.
In a way, the purpose of this book is to reconnect the reader to the past. So many people are not fully aware of just how culturally rich our area is. Our intention is to show some significant buildings, events, famous residents and visitors of Olyphant, Pa., the “Queen City,” through the years - a town built upon by the famed anthracite mining industry.
Most importantly, it was built by the blood, sweat, and tears of countless hardworking coal miners. Many times, these very men gave their lives to those mines. As we see it, their sacrifices and hard work should never be buried and forgotten.
Therefore, this book is a testament and tribute to them, along with the monument that we have erected in their memory. Donation cards kept coming in to help us fund our memorial statue, and some included personal stories, which affected me deeply. I found myself tearing up as I read how so many fathers, grandfathers, brothers, and uncles were lovingly remembered by their families. If anyone gains knowledge and a deeper respect for the hard work that this town was built upon, then we have accomplished our goal. So, we encourage you to follow the clues, search the leads, and find the link to the rich culture of the “Queen City” - Olyphant, Pa.