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Fueling America’s Economy

Remember Benjamin Franklin? This Pennsylvania resident helped pen the Declaration of Independence and invented the lightning rod and the Franklin stove which introduced Americans to an efficient new fuel: coal. The Allegheny Mountains run through the middle of this state like a zipper, creating rich deposits of anthracite and supporting a mining industry that employs railroads to deliver the energy source that powers America. Pennsylvania’s 57 freight railroads also play a key role in bringing other commodities made from coal or coal byproducts—including steel, plastics, soap and nylon—to market.