Centralia Mine Fire
These entries will be a combination of historical day trips, graduate level travel courses, and just little stops along the way. I have been teaching 8th grade American History for over 25 years. I am also a Civil War Reenactor and have traveled to Germany and Austria with several groups of exchange students and written about our adventures. Please check all my posts by using the monthly Blog Archive tabs shown below. I have posted over 150 Blog Episodes since 2009... Please explore them all!
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Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Centralia Mine Fire
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Pioneer Coal Mine Tunnel Tour
In this episode, we are heading to northern Pennsylvania to coal territory, land of the roots of my wife's family. My wife's grandmother lived her whole life in Ashland in the north central part of the state. Ashland was one of many small towns known as the patches, that dotted the landscape along the coal seams that brought a way of life and defined the region.
First, we stopped for lunch at a famous local hot spot since... well, since forever. Danny's Drive Inn diner was the local hang out where my wife's parents dated and you can still get the famous burgers and fresh cut french fries that made it a Saturday night must back in the day. The kids were a little confused, looking for the drive through window where you order by number and the scary plastic clown that they normally identify with burgers & fries. We sat on the original round stools at the counter and devoured the famous fare, as countless patrons before us. The kids were impressed because you just can't get this great tasting food and atmosphere in the commercial dominated fast food world back home. Sorry if this made you hungry!
Now on to the tour, a .75 mile ride straight into the mountain on the original mine train and track that once carried the workers to the veins of black gold. I was a little worried about Katelyn, because underground adventures that are dark and damp just aren't her scene. Tyler was game and with his help we encouraged her on into the darkness. The rail ride was loud and creepy with cold water seepage dripping throughout the long passage through the solid rock tunnel. The temperature inside the mine is always a constant 52 degrees cold year round!
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Historic Fort McHenry
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
My name is Jeff Martin and I am a history teacher from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. I have never had the time to travel but now that my kids are teenagers, I have ventured into the outside world. With each trip, I was taking pictures and sharing my adventures with friends through email and they suggested I collect them all together in one place where others could visit and enjoy the ride. These entries will be a combination of historical day trips, graduate level travel courses, and just little stops along the way.
This all started about two summers ago when my daughter Katelyn announced she was bored at 11:07 AM the first day of summer vacation. Since I am also home during the summer, she expected me to become the activities director to make her summer interesting and exciting. I responded with... "What do you think this is... Camp Martin"? And so it began...
Since we live in a tourist area it was not hard to find places to visit for the day... places that we have driven past hundreds of times or seen signs advertising. So we decided to try and hit at least a dozen tourist traps and historical sites that were in our own back yard. This blog will document our journey to the Great Beyond!