History of Coal Center, Pa.
From: A History of Washington County, Pennsylvania
By: Earle R. Forrest
Published By The S. J. Clark Publishing Company, Chicago 1926

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This borough, which joins California, may be said to date back to 1820, when a coal mine was opened at that point. It was first called Greenfield and as such was known for many years. or until about 1883. Greenfleld was laid out about 1814 by Robert Jackman. Jr., but there was not much of a town until the mine was opened in 1820. It was incorporated as a borough on April 9, 1834. and in January. 1883, the name was changed to Coal Center. In the eighties a weekly newspaper called “The Coal Center Eye” was established, but it ceased publication about 1885. St. Thomas of Acquin Roman Catholic congregation was organized about 1888 in a hall over a store on Water Street, and shortly afterwards a church was erected. Rev. J. O’Connor is the present rector. The assessed valuation of real estate is now $1,184,340. At the present time there are sixteen school teachers and 198 pupils.

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