Necho Allen’s campfire, near Ashland, Pennsylvania, which ignited a hard coal outcropping blazed a whole new way of life for all parts of Pennsylvania. Bustling coal towns sprang up and horizontal tunnels burrowed into mountains to mine the valuable hot burning, anthracite coal fueling the American Industrial Revolution. There were close times between Ashland and Reading as the Pioneer Tunnel, owned by the Philadelphia and Reading Coal and Iron Company produced the coal shipped in the Reading Railroad, to points south to power the new industries and heat the homes of Philadelphia. Be sure to ride the steam train when you visit.
Hours of Operation
7 Days a Week: 10:00AM – 5:00PM
Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine