Burnside Photographic "The question is not what you look at, but what you see." – Henry David Thoreau

December 1, 2012

The Last Breaker

Huber Breaker, Ashley, PA

The Huber Breaker, in Ashley, Pennsylvania, is the last anthracite coal breaker still standing in Wyoming Valley. ┬áThere’s a movement afoot to save it, and I hope it can be done, but it will be a monumental job. One’s first impression of the site and the buildings is one of ugly decay, but with a little imagination, there’s a certain beauty to be found.

It was part of the Glen Alden Coal Company, famous for its “Clean Burning Blue Coal.”


  1. Call me crazy, but these I’d love to see in color…the B&Ws are, however, fine!

    Comment by Faulkner — December 1, 2012 @ 10:27 pm

  2. These pics are historical. These are lovely portraits of a “beauty” long past her prime.

    Comment by Will Sgarlat — December 1, 2012 @ 10:28 pm

  3. You’ve been on a roll with all these photos at various locations this past month!

    Comment by Aaron Campbell — December 1, 2012 @ 10:46 pm

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