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 Post subject: Then name behind the mine- The Diamond
PostPosted: Fri Mar 19, 2010 5:49 pm 

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Although most DL&W- Glen Alden breakers and mines were named for various company officials., some were not. The Diamond located in West Scranton was named for its location. During the early years of the fledgling city of Scranton there were indian paths used by settlers and indians alike. In the area near the Diamond a series of paths converged ( Capouse meadows) and the paths formed the shape of of a Diamond.!! Although the Diamond wasnt the first mine in the Lackawanna valley, it was the first breaker. The breaker was built in 1852, one year after John Jermyn opened the first Diamond mine. This breaker stood on a hill side between Mt Vernon public housing development and Memorial stadium. This breaker stood only till June 1856 when it burned. Within a year the second Diamond No. 1 was opened. In 1907-1909 the Diamond number two breaker was built one half mile west of number 1 breaker. Number one and two breakers operated together processing coal from the Tripps slope & shaft ( consolidated into Diamond operations around 1870) three Diamond drifts and the number one and two shafts. The number one closed and was demolished in 1920, . Beginning in 1919 the Diamond began accepting coal from the the nearby Cayuga and Brisbin shafts/mines. The coal was transported by rail, and dumped down a concrete slide. this " slide" is the only remains of the entire Diamond operation.The Diamond number two breaker was closed and demolished in 1929 on account of a wild cat strike. The Glen Alden said the Diamond was a high cost operation, compared to neighboring breakers.
Tonnage of Number 2 breaker : 685,000 tons per year.

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