Shamokin

Shamokin is in Trouble (Photos)

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

 

Shamokin Meth House
Shamokin Meth House

A normal looking house, but it had a methlab in the basement. Headline: Two charged in Coal Township meth bust Headline 2: Child seen in Coal Township ‘meth house’

Shamokin Woods
Shamokin Woods

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

Shamokin City Hall
Shamokin City Hall

 

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.

Shamokin City Hall
Shamokin City Hall

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.

LATS Bus
LATS Bus

 

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

Shamokin House
Shamokin House

 

Another regular house. Headline: Shamokin man charged in child porn, sex assault

AOAA
Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area (AOAA)

 

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.

Glen Burn
The Glen Burn is (supposedly) the largest man-made mountain in the world, made out of coal dust.
OBH Shamokin
Run down box stores on Route 61, “the OBH” (Out of Business Highway)
Looking Down 5th Street
Looking Down 5th Street

Coal Creek
The coal creek that runs through Shamokin. Notice the color.

3 comments

    1. Thanks. The coal waste is called culm here. A few miles away in Trevorton, and on windy days, dirt bikes and 4-wheelers kick up a lot of coal dust that spreads through town.

  1. nicely done! the photos really capture the essence of the town. I just watched an old show on Netflix, Forgotten Planet Abandoned America, which featured a town in OK where the lead-ridden chat from old mountains of mining waste constantly blows all over the town, covering everything in a thin layer of white dust. The area is now a Superfund site. I wonder if the coal dust is such a problem in Shamokin?

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