Next Meeting: Tue, Jun 19th 6:30pm
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Since it's closing in 1976, The Huber Breaker in Ashley, PA has survived the ravages of time. The weather, vandalism and salvage operations have
threatened its very existence. When the breaker is seen from Route 81, entering our valley from the south, one is reminded of the rich heritage we share in anthracite mining. When construction was completed in 1939, the
breaker was the modern wonder of its time. It incorporated technological advancements as well as past architectural milestones that made it useful well past the expiration of deep mining in our area. This testament of
longevity is precisely why the Huber is the last remaining coal breaker of that bygone era.
The largest breaker of its kind, built to process several local collierys' anthracite coal, it also includes six Menzies Cones
for coal separation from the culm which accumulated from years of storing mining refuse. Today we see this culm pile reclamation in the form of breaker-like washeries that are rebuilt from site to site, reducing mountains of black coal and rock mixture in a matter of a few years. Additionally, Huber's construction incorporated the use of enormous amounts of window glass which aided in the utilization of daylight and most importantly tar coated sheet metal which made the breaker nearly impervious to the elements. This rust proofing was the reason recent architectural tests have proved it to be structurally sound and a fine candidate for present day restoration for future generations to appreciate. The cause to save the Huber began in the early 90's, and the present Huber Breaker Preservation Society has recently gained momentum in securing the land from a private owner for development into an Anthracite Park and Museum. The Society has established itself in Pennsylvania as a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation and has a growing active membership that meets on a monthly basis. The society is open to new members and is accepting donations to help to save the last original Anthracite coal breaker still standing.