Columbia-Montour Quarterly Vol. 8: April-June 2023

Six Luxury rooms for today’s distinguished travelers who are looking for a comfortable home away from home! Wandell Inn 240 Main Street Benton, PA 17814 570-394-7033

A Picturesque Inn Nestled in the charming Village of Benton Pennsylvania... just a short drive from both Ricketts Glen State Park and Bloomsburg University. Each one of our six guest rooms is uniquely designed and features works by local artists. Complimentary coffee bar .

Historical image of a collier’s hut.

a huge amount of wooded acreage to be able to make enough charcoal to run the furnace. Additionally, slag piles found in the woods also support the use of anthracite, but it must have been extremely difficult and costly to get the coal up the ridge as there were no canals or railroads to the ridge. In the woods, we were shown a very old wagon trail used to haul coal in by horse and/or ox wagons. The trail was very rocky and it is hard to believe that the trail was used for this purpose. Perhaps the difficulty of hauling in coal was why the furnace shut

Though not easy to see via photograph, this was a section of the old wagon road.


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