The Smith Coal mine, as sketched by Jacob Cist in 1822.
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An 1822 sketch of a row of mines burrowing into a hillside. In the foreground is a small building.

Credit: Wyoming Historical and Geological Society

In 1822, Jacob Cist, the first great promoter of the use of anthracite coal for home heating and blast furnaces, made this drawing od mine owned by Abijah Smith & Co. More than a decade earlier, the SMith's had used a grate designed by Wilkes-Barre businessman Jesse Fell, to convince farmers along the Susquehanna River to burn coal in their fireplaces.

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