Ashley had its beginnings with an 1851 coal mine that generated the adjacent village of Scrabbletown, whose named was changed to Coalville and later to Ashley. Three miles south of Wilkes-Barre, it is now virtually a southern extension of the city. It continues the mass of frame workers’ houses squeezed between the coal operations and I-81 that once supported the vast coal mining, transportation, and sorting processes that fueled the Industrial Revolution.
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