Coaldale, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania

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Coaldale, Pennsylvania
Borough
Coaldale Town Hall.
Coaldale Town Hall.
Coaldale is located in Pennsylvania
Coaldale
Coaldale
Coordinates: 40°49′20″N 75°54′36″W / 40.82222°N 75.91000°W / 40.82222; -75.91000Coordinates: 40°49′20″N 75°54′36″W / 40.82222°N 75.91000°W / 40.82222; -75.91000
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Schuylkill
Incorporated 1871
Government
 • Type Borough Council
Area
 • Total 2.2 sq mi (6 km2)
Elevation 968 ft (295 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 2,281
 • Density 1,000/sq mi (400/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 18218
Area code(s) 570 Exchange: 645

Coaldale is a borough in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, United States. Settled in 1827, it was incorporated in 1906 from part of the former Rahn Township; it is named for the coal industry—wherein, it was one of the principle early industry centers. Coaldale is in the southern Anthracite Coal region in the Panther Creek valley, a tributary of the Little Schuylkill River, along which U.S. Route 209 was eventually built between the steep climb up Pisgah Mountain from Nesquehoning (easterly) and its outlet in Tamaqua, Pennsylvania about five miles to the west.

The town is virtually joined at the hip to nearby Lansford, to its immediate east—as both were founded as company towns on lands owned by and mined by the Lehigh Coal & Navigation Company (LC&N) while technically on opposite sides of the county lines. In truth, the history, business situation, and fortunes of not just the two, but of three towns, the third being the nearby Summit Hill, PA located a few thousand feet upslope were tied in decades of co-development because the LC&N had built the western terminus of the nations second railroad, the Summit Hill and Mauch Chunk Gravity Railway to ship coal out, and opened multiple mines throughout Coaldale and Lansford and the rest of the Panther Creek Valley in the days when railroads were coming into their own.

The town has a bus stop which has a billboard on one side reading "Everybody's Goal Is Mine More Coal".[1] It was founded by John Moser.[2] The area on the western border of the borough is known as Seek.

History[edit]

Coaldale was historically a coal-mining town wherein the whole region was effectively the property of the Lehigh Coal & Navigation Company. This, the railroads the LC&N put in and a small shirt factory were the main historic industries in Coaldale.[3] Because of the adverse topology, the LC&N took several decades to survey and drive a railbed with a negotiable grade from Mauch Chunk through Nesquehoning, along the Nesquehoning ridge to Hometown, and then up the Panther Creek Valley from Tamaqua.

Former pro football player Johnny Gildea was born in Coaldale.

Geography[edit]

Coaldale.

Coaldale is located at 40°49′20″N 75°54′36″W / 40.82222°N 75.91000°W / 40.82222; -75.91000 (40.822234, -75.910115),[4] which is (technically) 1 mile southwest of Lansford as both municipalities lie along the border of Carbon and Schuylkill Counties. It is also 5 miles northeast of Tamaqua, 27 miles northwest of Allentown, 9 miles south of Hazleton. It is located on the northwestern fringe of the Lehigh Valley and just two ridgelines away from the nearby Poconos, but on the wrong side of the drainage divide so it's run off drains to the Chesapeake via the Potomac, Susquehanna, and Schuylkill basins. Coaldale sits atop one of the richest coal seams in the eastern end of the southern Coal Region, which is still being exploited by a successor company of the LC&N (called the old company in the valley), the Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company (or the New Company). Coaldale's elevation is 1050 feet above sea level. According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 2.2 square miles (5.7 km2), all of it land.

Coaldale is served by U.S. Route 209 which runs through the Coaldales and Lansfords business district, serving both municipalities as their main thoroughfare. The borough's terrain is mostly hilly, many of those ancient mine tailings or culm piles, and when not developed, its lands are mostly forested.[5]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 5,154
1920 6,336 22.9%
1930 6,921 9.2%
1940 6,163 −11.0%
1950 5,318 −13.7%
1960 3,949 −25.7%
1970 3,023 −23.4%
1980 2,762 −8.6%
1990 2,531 −8.4%
2000 2,295 −9.3%
2010 2,281 −0.6%
Est. 2015 2,197 [6] −3.7%
Sources:[7][8][9]

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 2,295 people, 1,046 households, and 606 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,055.2 people per square mile (408.3/km²). There were 1,209 housing units at an average density of 555.9/sq mi (215.1/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 98.34% White, 0.31% African American, 0.04% Native American, 0.26% Asian, 0.57% from other races, and 0.48% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.13% of the population.

There were 1,046 households out of which 22.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.2% were married couples living together, 11.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.0% were non-families. 38.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 24.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.14 and the average family size was 2.84.

In the borough the population was spread out with 19.2% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 25.6% from 25 to 44, 19.6% from 45 to 64, and 28.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 87.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.3 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $23,362, and the median income for a family was $31,905. Males had a median income of $28,317 versus $18,083 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $14,021. About 8.3% of families and 13.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.7% of those under age 18 and 10.5% of those age 65 or over.

Architecture[edit]

The building housing Coaldale's town hall and fire department was built in 1907 to the designs of the Wilkes-Barre architect, Owen McGlynn.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Image: 5254221889_ed03572187.jpg, (500 × 375 px)". farm6.static.flickr.com. Retrieved 2015-09-02. 
  2. ^ "Welcome To Coaldale Borough Online". Coaldaleborough.org. Retrieved 2014-03-16. 
  3. ^ "Coaldale Borough, Schuylkill County Pennsylvania (PA) 18218". Livingplaces.com. Retrieved 2014-03-16. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ "Coaldale, PA - Google Maps". Maps.google.com. 1970-01-01. Retrieved 2014-03-16. 
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-12-11. 
  8. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  9. ^ "Incorporated Places and Minor Civil Divisions Datasets: Subcounty Resident Population Estimates: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-12-11. 

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