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Mine owners constructed and rented shanty-type houses to their workers, mostly immigrant laborers.  Here, women are drawing water from one well, which had to supply twenty-five families.

Credit: Courtesy the Pennsylvania State Archives

Mine owners constructed and rented shanty-type houses to their workers, mostly immigrant laborers. Conditions in these communities, known as patch towns, were less than ideal. Here, women are drawing water from one well, which had to supply twenty-five families.

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