Windber will always retain a special place in my heart, as it’s the first place my wife and I lived after getting married. We lived in what I believe to be the smallest single family, detached home in Pennsylvania. I’ve included a picture. While the architecture isn’t anything spectacular, it definitely deserves a mention because of its size.
Coal mining is the reason Windber exists. It was formed as a company town by the Berwind-White Coal Mining Company in 1897. Grand buildings such as the Arcadia Theater attest to the wealth generated by mining activity in the earlier part of the twentieth century. Visitors are welcomed to town by a bronze statue of a coal miner standing in the central parklet. The story of the town is well documented at the Windber Coal Heritage Center, which bills itself, “as the only interactive museum in the eastern U.S. dedicated to telling the story of the everyday lives of miners and their families”.