In the late 1800s, many Welsh miners were shipped across to Scranton, Pennsylvania, to work in the coal mines. The expertise of the Welsh coal miner was invaluable to extract the precious coal needed to generate power.
Many of the miners were killed in similar explosions to the miners back home. Their bodies were burried in a cemetery called 'Washburn Street Cemetery'. As cheaper labour was found, the Welsh miner eventually became too expensive.
There is still a strong Welsh community in the Scranton area. Nearly all of the mines have closed.
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