Hecla's History (Southwest, PA)
- Anyone having Slovak roots in the southwestern PA mining town of Hecla (near
Mt. Pleasant, PA) may be interested in the following information.
The Ladies Auxiliary of the Hecla Volunteer Fire Department has published a
50th Anniversary Booklet that includes a 34-page history of the town of
Hecla (officially known as Southwest, PA 15685).
The booklet contains information and many photographs pertaining to the
mining operations beginning in the 1880's (Hecla Mines #1 and #3), immigrant
workers & their families (many of them Slovaks), housing (on Goat Hill),
schools, and daily life etc.
It also includes a list of surnames of people living in the small town from
the late 1800's--2004 and also a wonderful list of nicknames of current and
The booklet would make a wonderful gift for someone originally from the
town. I purchased my copy from the editor Jane Kosack Crosby.
Copies are still available for $12 plus $3 S&H by contacting:
Jane Kosack Crosby
RR #1, Box 80
Mt. Pleasant, PA 15666
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