World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Port Griffith, Pennsylvania

Article Id: WHEBN0018332061
Reproduction Date:

Title: Port Griffith, Pennsylvania  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Twin Shaft disaster, Mining in the United States, January 1959, January 22, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Port Griffith, Pennsylvania

Port Griffith, Pennsylvania
Unincorporated community
Port Griffith, Pennsylvania is located in Pennsylvania
Port Griffith, Pennsylvania
Location of Port Griffith in Pennsylvania
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Luzerne
Township Jenkins
Elevation[1] 643 ft (196 m)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 18640
Area code(s) 570
FIPS code 42-42079
GNIS feature ID 1212505[1]

Port Griffith is an unincorporated community found within the Greater Pittston town of Jenkins Township, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, United States.

View looking down on the southern end of the Village of Port Griffith


Port Griffith is located at (41.310914, -75.810472)[1] in the Greater Pittston Area of Jenkins Township. Its elevation is 643 feet (196 m). Port Griffith can be found bordering the Susquehanna River.


On January 22, 1959, a cave-in occurred at the Knox Coal Mine in Greater Pittston's Port Griffith. Twelve people died, 69 others escaped. One miner, Amadeo Pancotti, was awarded the Carnegie Medal for leading 32 miners to safety. The bodies of the twelve who died were never recovered, despite efforts of divers and an attempt to pump the water out of the mining shafts. The Knox Mine Disaster essentially shut down the mining industry in Northeastern Pennsylvania.[3][4]


  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Port Griffith, Pennsylvania. Retrieved on 2008-07-08.
  2. ^ "Griffith PA". Zip Code Lookup. Retrieved 2008-07-08. 
  3. ^ Stranahan, Susan Q. (1995). Susquehanna, River of Dreams: River of Dreams. JHU Press. pp. p. 161.  
  4. ^ "End of a Way of Life Knox Disaster Changed Valley". The Times Leader. January 17, 1999. pp. 1B.  (Newsbank)

External links

  • Knox Mine Disaster at Mine Country History
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.