Back in the 1920’s, 50,000 people lived in Shamokin. Now it’s down to 7,316.
Take a walk around, and you’ll see just about everything, big or small, is broken. Aimless people look around, sucking down cigarettes. Shamokin reminds me of an isolated, mostly white North Philly.
I like the city. It’s got a strong culture, tons of history and plenty of weird little spots. But it’s in trouble, and has been for a long time. There are people trying to make the city better, but they don’t have much to work with. Being an agitator, I want to show you what’s going on there, not act like everything is ok.
To show you around, I took a photo from locations mentioned in the city’s paper for 1 week. It wasn’t a special week, unfortunately nothing out of the ordinary.
A week’s news, in photos
The same man was also cooking meth somewhere in the woods in this photo. Headline: Four more drug making charges filed against Coal Twp. man
This is Shamokin City Hall. Headline: Mayor says Shamokin won’t run out of cash this month as expected. Shamokin is receiving a $1.16 million dollar loan, which will first be used to pay off $811,000 in old bills.
These are the remains of a house fire. Headline: Fire leaves 5 homeless in Shamokin. This seems to happen a few times a month, especially in the winter.
The LATS bus at 9th and Independance Street. The bus system mostly takes people to Wal-Mart. Headline: LATS probe from 2013 still underway . Run by the nearby borough of Mount Carmel, LATS is being investigated for buying fuel not used in buses, buying tires that don’t fit the buses, and carrying passengers that didn’t exist. Headline 2: State: LATS owes $263,509 for ‘overstated’ number of riders
Another regular house. Headline: Shamokin man charged in child porn, sex assault
AOAA. With $3 million in state money, abandoned strip mines (“the strippins”) have been turned into an off-road park. The city and county hope it will boost the economy. Headline: AOAA says it will install gate in third patch (The 3rd patch is a way to get into other strippins)
A Few More Photos
These aren’t from the news, just some of the views around town that I wanted to include.