HARRISBURG — A World War II Tank produced locally and rescue efforts at a mine disaster outside Hazleton are among the subjects of 21 new state historical markers approved by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
The Stuart Tank, built by American Car and Foundry in Berwick, was a light tank first supplied to the British army and was the fastest tank of its day. The “shoot and scoot” tank tactic was pioneered on the Stuart Tank. From 1940 to 1944, more than 15,000 Stuart Tanks were produced in Berwick.
Rescue efforts at the Sheppton Mine Disaster and Rescue in Schuylkill County utilized, for the first time, a borehole technique that has become ubiquitous worldwide for similar mine disasters. The same technique was used at Quecreek and Chile in recent decades. The event prompted revisions to state mining regulations and to the federal Coal Mine Safety Act.
The new markers, selected from 57 applications, will be added to the nearly 2,300 familiar blue-with-gold-lettering signs along roads and streets throughout Pennsylvania. More information on the Historical Marker Program, including application information, is available online at www.PAHistoricalMarkers.com.