Black Gold Opens at Columbia Crossing

Susquehanna National Heritage Area has revealed a new exhibition at Columbia Crossing River Trails Center. Black Gold: A Look Back at the Effects of Anthracite Coal on the Susquehanna River Anthracite coal was discovered in massive quantities across the northern branch of the Susquehanna River.  It remains the only reserve of anthracite coal in the United States. The region was heavily mined in the 19th century and early 20th century.  Canal boats filled with coal jammed the river at Columbia. The anthracite coal was essential to the nearby pig iron furnaces but was also shipped all over the country. The anthracite coal industry changed the Pennsylvania economy and environment. 

Lynn Smoker, the collector and historian behind Columbia Crossing’s popular “Ice Harvesting” and “Hunting and Fishing” exhibits, has created a brand-new exhibition that tells the story of anthracite coal on the Susquehanna. Come experience Smoker’s vast collection of tools, art, photographs, and more. The exhibit will be on display at Columbia Crossing River Trails Center from July 2023-March 2024 and is free to the public. Columbia Crossing is open Tuesday-Sunday.