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Mining towns in eastern Greene County, PA

Company towns began to appear in the late 1800's. Men recruited to work in the mines were poor, and mines were often in remote locations so mining companies had to provide housing for their workers. Housing of varying quality was built that miners could rent. Money would be deducted from their pay for rent and electricity. Boarding houses were a common place for miners who did not have families. A company town always had a company store. Although prices were often inflated at the company stores, miners were often paid in scrip that could only be spent at the company store. By the mid 1960's, most companies in the united states sold the houses and closed the company stores. (Goode, 1997