East mines at Morris Run, 1874.
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In the background of this photograph is the east mines. One can see the chute, workers, and stacks of coal refuse. In the foreground is a row of patch houses and yards.

Credit: Courtesy of David and Bev Jones

The first efforts of coal shipping were on a very small and limited scale due to the poor road conditions and the poor navigating ability along the Tioga River. In 1817, a coalition of Bloss and other miners asked the legislature for funds to improve these routes.

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