When Coal Was Queen: The History of Olyphant, Pennsylvania


By Jay Luke

Publisher : Tribute Books

ABOUT Jay Luke

Jay Luke
Jay Luke is a musician and artist from Throop, Pa. A graduate from Marywood University, Jay is very active in all things art, whether it be through painting, performing with his band, or through his day job as a graphic designer. As a project engineer of the Olyphant Coal Miner Memorial As More...



Journey into the history of what was once called the "Jewel of the Mid Valley" — Olyphant, Pennsylvania, "The Queen City." This journey takes the reader through the earliest days of the township and notable events of the past. Included are some famous residents and visitors who passed through over the years, and of course the storied Anthracite Empire that built the town. Check out a wealth of photographic documentation as well as many interesting facts about Olyphant, such as:
  • A mine disaster occurred at the location of Olyphant’s mining memorial statue in 1903 that swallowed an entire hotel into the ground below.
  • The first woman ever enlisted in the U.S. Navy was from Olyphant.
  • Patricia Crowley of Olyphant once graced a Life magazine cover in the 1950s.
  • Nestor Chylak of Olyphant is in the National Baseball Hall of Fame for his work in the major leagues as an umpire.
  • President Theodore Roosevelt came to Olyphant to try to find a solution to mining relations in 1910.