Park Rambles - Indiana County Parks & Trails

Coal Town Police

During the early days of coal mining in our area many owners of company towns employed their own police force. None were probably more notorious than the police force at Vintondale, PA shown here in a photo from the Denise Dusza Weber Collection. The town was owned by Warren Delano III, uncle of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Vintonalde remained a non-union mine until the early 1930s, well after many other mines in the area had unionized. The coal police played major role in keeping union organizers out of town.