In the Kingdom of Coal: An American Family and the Rock That Changed the World

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Chronology

1792—Lehigh Coal Mining Co. created to mine and transport anthracite coal in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley.

1801—First horse-drawn railroads operate in England.

1813—Workman at Josiah White rolling mill in Philadelphia discovers long-lasting burning qualities of anthracite coal, solving need for fuel during British embargo of 1812.

1818—White and partner Erskine Hazard create Lehigh Navigation Co. as subsidiary of Lehigh Coal Co., begin to develop town of Mauch Chunk (now Jim Thorpe) as center of its operations.

1819—White and Hazard sell their mill at the Falls of Schuylkill to focus their attention on anthracite coal at Mauch Chunk.

1823—Josiah White sends 9,000 tons of anthracite downriver to Philadelphia, launching nineteenth-century coal boom.

1825—Opening of Erie Canal links New York City with Buffalo and Great Lakes.

1827—LC&N’s gravity-based “switchback” railroad begins hauling coal from mines to Mauch Chunk.

1828—John Leisenring moves to Mauch Chunk from Lehighton, becomes proprietor of Mansion House, the LC&N Co. ’s hotel.

1830—Peter Cooper builds the “Tom Thumb, ” powerful steam railroad locomotive.

1832—Josiah White retires from active direction of LC&N; John Leisenring succeeds him as postmaster of Mauch Chunk for next 16 years; LC&N sells Mansion House hotel to Leisenring.

1833—Reading Railroad chartered.

1835—John Leisenring gives up hotel, becomes general merchant; remains a central figure in Mauch Chunk/LC&N community.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Contents iii
  • Leisenring and Givens Family Trees ix
  • Chronology xi
  • Part I 11
  • Chapter 1 - A Rock That Burns 13
  • Chapter 2 - A Passage from the Mines 21
  • Chapter 3 - Holy Trinity 29
  • Chapter 4 - Boy Wonder of the Anthracite 37
  • Chapter 5 - Souls in Darkness 47
  • Chapter 6 - A Road Not Taken 57
  • Part II 65
  • Chapter 7 - The Ambitions of Henry Clay Frick 67
  • Chapter 8 - At War in the Coke Fields 75
  • Part III 99
  • Chapter 9 - Starting Over 101
  • Chapter 10 - The Rise of John L. Lewis 115
  • Chapter 11 - Utopia Goes Union 135
  • Chapter 12 - Be Careful What You Wish For 165
  • Chapter 13 - Prelude to Murder 187
  • Part IV 207
  • Chapter 14 - The Age of Uncertainty 209
  • Chapter 15 - Riding the Roller Coaster 231
  • Chapter 16 - Nowhere to Hide 245
  • Principal Characters 267
  • Notes 273
  • Bibliography 315
  • Acknowledgments 319
  • Index 321
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