HISTORIC POTTSVILLE, PA

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THE POTTSVILLE COURT HOUSE

Built around 1834 this is the main seat for Schuylkill County.

 

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THE POTTSVILLE OR SCHYUKILL COUNTY PRISON.

This old Prison is still in use to this day.  It still houses some inmates that broke the Law.

 

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Rather than me going into a big explination of what happened here long ago, read what it say’s.  It does a much better job than what I can.

The “Molly Maguires” were a Coal Mining group that tried to bring better working condition’s in the many mines that were in the area when Coal was King here.  What very little I know about this, is that the Mollies were all over Schuylkill County.  They were in the working Mines of Buck Run, Centralia, Shenandoah, Eckley, Minersville, and many others.  Working conditions in the early day’s of mining were not good at all.  Very long hours, low pay, cave in’s, and many other hazards of the hard working job took the Lives of many of the Miners of that era.

There is another Prison, located in Jim Thorpe, PA that housed more of the Mollies.  4 more of the Mollies were hanged in that location at about the same time.  One thing about that Prison is before one of the Mollies was hanged, he stated “If I am innocent of these charges against me, let this hand print on the wall remain here forever.”  To this day, the hand print remains where it was placed!  Despite every conceivable method to remove it, short of tearing the wall down, it still is there!  I’ve seen this for myself!

 

Thanks for reading and stopping by.

Les 

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