PLYMOUTH TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- Observances of the 150th anniversary of the Avondale Mine Disaster continued on Sunday.
The Plymouth Historical Society held a memorial program at the disaster site in Plymouth Township.
A total of 110 men and boys died after a fire sparked on the wooden shaft of the mine on September 6, 1869. The next year, Congress passed the first mine safety laws in the aftermath of the tragedy.
After the memorial, refreshments were held at the Plymouth Historical Society headquarters in Luzerne County.