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Carbon County

Carbon County was created on March 13, 1843, from parts of Monroe County and Northampton County. If you guessed that the name has something to do with coal, you're right. The county is known for its large deposits of anthracite coal. The county seat is Jim Thorpe, named after the famous Native American athlete who is buried there. Prior to 1954, the same county seat was called Mauch Chunk, an Indian name meaning "bear mountain."

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Township map of Berks County, Pa.
Map of Cameron County, Pennsylvania, with township and municipal boundaries, is taken from the US Census website and modified by Ruhrfisch in April 2006.


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Eckley Miner's Village, near Weatherly, was built and owned by a series of coal companies from 1854 to 1969. The village was the location site for the 1970 movie, The Molly Maguires, and included restoration of some buildings and construction of other buildings, such as a reproduction breaker, company general store, and mule barn. After the filming, the entire town was turned into a museum and its the 200 residents were allowed to live there as long as they liked. In 1870, the population of the village was about 1,000. Today, only a few residents remain.

From a history by Frederick Charles Brenckman, published in 1913.
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