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The Old St. Nicholas Coal Breaker, located just outside of Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania, began operating in 1932. At one time it was the largest coal breaker in the world. When raw coal entered the production process within the breaker it took just 12 minutes to pass through the entire breaker. St. Nicholas remained in operation for 31 years, and prepared all sizes of famous Reading Anthracite for the markets of the world.

Today it is a mammoth, unique, historical, dilapidated building ~ no trespassing?

Taken 1/18/10 – Route 54 near Mahanoy City, PA.


  • maremarie
    maremariealmost 5 years ago

    Wow! This is very impressive……… what a massive building – and your editing makes this almost sppoky. Great! :-)

  • Thank you!!! I think it looks much bigger in real life!

    – Lori Deiter

  • Evita
    Evitaalmost 5 years ago

    ♥ Fabulous shot Lori !!! :D ♥

  • Thank you Evita!!

    – Lori Deiter

  • ericseyes
    ericseyesalmost 5 years ago

    Amazing old building, I bet she has plenty to tell us too!

  • Thanks Eric…. by the way…. I did very little editing to the building – that’s how it looks! But, I did edit the sky!!

    – Lori Deiter

  • Akkra
    Akkraalmost 5 years ago

    Great old building, it looks so ominous against that sky. Even though I’d be feared of falling through the floors, I bet it would be great looking around inside there… I wonder what things got left behind.

  • Thanks – I would love to see the inside!!

    – Lori Deiter

  • BigD
    BigDalmost 5 years ago

    Fantastic editing and it was worth the trip.

  • Thanks BigD…. most editing was done to the sky…. I only tweaked the contrast on the building.

    – Lori Deiter

  • Mark Van Scyoc
    Mark Van Scyocalmost 5 years ago

    This is amazing! Now I see why you mentioned it to us on Saturday. Too bad there are not more hours in a day.

  • Thanks Mark! Eric really wants to see this place and wants to plan another road trip towards my neck of the woods. We’ll let you know if you are interested.

    – Lori Deiter

  • Barbara Manis
    Barbara Manisalmost 5 years ago

    Another great capture!

  • Thank you very much Barbara!!

    – Lori Deiter

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtalmost 5 years ago

    Your cohosts,
    Cee and Chris

  • Than you Cee!

    – Lori Deiter

  • Lois  Bryan
    Lois Bryanalmost 5 years ago

    honey, I’m really, really in awe of the angle and composition … but again, it’s the atmosphere from the clouds … the atmosphere already beautifully set by those amazing broken windows!!!!

  • Thanks so much Lois!!!!

    – Lori Deiter

  • BigD
    BigDalmost 5 years ago

  • Thank you BigD!!!!!!!!!!!!

    – Lori Deiter

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