AOAA 'icon' in place at trailhead
COAL TOWNSHIP - A massive dragline bucket that was used to mine coal at the trailhead of the Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area (AOAA) came back to the site Wednesday as the park's permanent icon.
The aged bucket, weighing 18 tons and once used by Blaschak Coal Corp., was donated to the AOAA by Dennis and Deb Stoneroad, of Stoneroad Iron and Metal, Paxinos.
"A big thank you to them for providing this to continue our coal mining heritage theme," said AOAA Authority member Barry Yorwarth.
It's intended to be the icon of the AOAA, said fellow board member David Crowl.
The piece of mining equipment was situated in what will be the picnic area near the parking lot of the welcome center.
"We're absolutely thrilled seeing this today," authority member Pat Mack said.
Yorwarth said the authority is looking for more mining equipment to display on the property.
Long way home
The bucket was hauled by Eastern Industries, Coal Township, from Stoneroad's facility along Route 61 to the park.
With Crowl leading in a pickup truck, the oversized load took the long way to get to Shamokin, traveling Route 61 to Route 487 into Elysburg, then Route 54 through Natalie and back to Route 61 at Strong. That way, when the rig got to the Routes 61 and 125 intersection (Sunbury and Market streets) in Shamokin, it had room to make the wide left turn. There wouldn't have been enough room coming the other direction and making a right, Crowl said.
The whole trip took approximately 45 minutes.
Yorwarth also thanked Eastern Industries Vice President Mike Erdley for providing the transport and Rutledge Excavating Inc., of Tyler Hill, for moving the bucket into place.
Work continues at the trailhead. The property still needs to be graded and seeded and the electrical work done at the welcome center building, Mack said.A worker of Rutledge Excavating Inc., of Tyler Hill, watches as the dragline coal mining bucket is dragged into place at the Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area trailhead and welcome center Wednesday afternoon. A dragline coal mining bucket is dragged into place at the Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area trailhead and welcome center Wednesday afternoon. The Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area now has an icon - a dragline coal mining bucket that was moved to the welcome center and trailhead Wednesday afternoon. Pictured here, left to right, are authority members David Crowl, Pat Mack and Barry Yorwarth.