The Iron ‘T’ Rail Monument, Danville, Pennsylvania

John Cowgill: Stories of the Railroad


The U.S. state of Pennsylvania is home to numerous coal mines.  Some of those mines have been decommissioned while some are still active.  Along with these mines came towns that grew around the mining communities.  Among those towns was the town of Danville.  Situated on the Susquehanna River, it was an industrial town that benefited from the iron ore that was mined in the region, and it was the site of an invention that benefited the railroad to the present day.  What was this invention?  You see it every time you visit the railroad line: the rail shaped like a ‘T’.


For this reason, the Iron ‘T’ Monument was erected in the town of Danville, Pennsylvania.  The monument features a coal car commemorating those in the coal mining industry.  It sits on iron ‘T’ rails next to the County Courthouse at the intersection of Mills Street and Market Street.  There…

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