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The re-opening of the No. 9 Mine & Museum had been a dream of many community members over the years.  Eventually, enough interested parties formed a non-profit corporation, to proceed toward that goal.  Our registered corporate name is the “Panther Creek Valley Foundation.”  We are dedicated to preserving a local landmark, while providing the public with an opportunity to experience our Anthracite Heritage first hand.



The Officers of the Panther Creek Valley Foundation are listed below:


David Kuchta  --  President

                     Mike Knies – Vice President

                     Joseph Greco – Treasurer

                     Dale Freudenberger – Recording Secretary

                     Ann Williams – Corresponding Secretary



                      There is also a six member Board of Directors.



                    Meetings are held at 6:30 PM on the First Wednesday

                    of each month, inside the No. 9 Museum.



                      Check out our History link for even more information

                      and pictures about mining  in the Panther Valley Area.





Photograph reproduced with the permission of Dave Kuchta, author and publisher of: “Once A Man, Twice A Boy.”



Five of the mine volunteers that worked in the No. 9 Mine to refurbish and bring it up to state specifications for tourism.  From left to right: John Fauzio, Mine Superintendent, Greg Yurchak, Mine Foreman, Dave Kuchta, Jack Julo and Dave Zebian.  Dan Farber was absent at the time this picture was taken.


Dave Kuchta and Jack Julo are holding the first large piece of coal that was brought out of the No. 9 Mine since it was last worked in 1972.  This coal was a part of the second exit or escape way that was needed to comply with State and Federal Laws.



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