Since it’s closing in 1976, The Huber Breaker in Ashley, PA has survived the ravages of time. The weather, vandalism and salvage operations have threatened its very existence. When the breaker is seen from Route 81, entering the valley from the south, one is reminded of the rich heritage shared in anthracite mining. When construction was completed in 1939, the breaker was the modern wonder of its time. It incorporated technological advancements as well as past architectural milestones that made it useful well past the expiration of deep mining in the area. This testament of longevity is precisely why the Huber is the last remaining coal breaker of that bygone era.
Sadly, the Huber Breaker’s main building was demolished on April 24, 2014. The last structure of the colliery, the powerhouse, was demolished in August 2014.