The Archbald Pothole is the largest
pothole in the world surpassing in size even
the more noted potholes of Switzerland and other parts of the world.
The pothole is located on the Hackle
track in Archbald Borough. It was discovered in April 1883 by Patrick
Mahon a miner
employed by Jones, Simpson & Co. The men were opening a chamber
an airway and they struck the pothole after discharging a blast. They
immediatly reported to operators that they had found an outcrop, but
the latter knew this could not be so and continued to prosecute work at
that point. Large round stones and gravel began to pour into the mine,
and after removing great quantities of this the rim of the hole was
found. The pothole was then bratticed and used as an air shaft.
Negotiations were begun for the purchase of the ground surrounding the
pothole. Col. Hackle, the owner, declined to sell, but he appropriated
$500 for the preservation of the pothole in the interests of science.
In 1914, the Lackawanna Historical
Society secured the deed for the acre of land
comprising the pothole from Mrs. C.B. Hackley, whose late husband
owned the land on which the pothole is located. The Society operated
the site until July 10, 1960 when it was named a State Park and the
State of Pennsylvania took over operations of the pothole park.
The grounds were improved and a concrete
platform was constructed out over the pothole. All in all the site has
been developed into a pleasant park and those from the area who have
not seen this natural wonder might take the family to the park for a
great Sunday picnic.
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