Fossil Hunting and Ghost Town Exploring
In the late 1800’s, The McIntyre Coal company of Pennsylvania was founded and operations for mining coal began. It was called McIntyre because the establishment mined coal from the mountains in McIntyre Township, above Williamsport Pa. My family and I recently had the chance to visit the area and do some exploring.
The small town of McIntyre, which formed during the time the mines were active, is now a ghost town. Only a few foundations from the some 300 homes, school, church, stores, and other structures can be seen. Most all has vanished since the closing of the mines in 1886.
One of the most catching sights that is noticed during exploring the mountain is the old cemetery which now sits quietly and eerily alone in the forest. The headstones are worn, but still silently stand to mark a place of reverence. Further into the forest are the various foundations and such.
The mines have all been shut. Signs of these are seen only by the mounds of dirt leading into the side of the mountain. They are like ditches which now lead to dead-ends. But during the mining days, they would traverse deep into the mountain where coal was found.
Coal is still readily found on the outside though. Besides the Ghost Town, there are fossil pits here. Many of the rocks, when split open, hold coal. Some hold fossils…..
It was a great time. My Mom and Dad went with us too, so it was extra special. My Dad who is a scout master used to take the boys up to the pits for fossil hunts. It had been 20 years since he had been there, and he was happy to show us around. We were happier to have him show us, and spend time with them. That was our treasure this day.
Springtime has arrived, however, and I don’t do well with Rattlers. So it seems more adventure for here might need to wait until fall. (unless I’m feeling extra brave some night, and say, kids, pack up, let’s go to the forest graveyard and town!) (and I might)
So as with all places and things, have fun exploring but be careful while doing so.
I’ll let you know when we go back. And of course if we find anything!
Best of luck with all that you seek! Enjoy life’s adventure!
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