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|Butler Junction Mine
(ca.1905- ? ),
Located on the Allegheny Division of the Pennsylvania Railroad, just south of the mouth of Buffalo Creek, across from Freeport, Butler Junction, Harrison Twp., Allegheny Co., PA
Owners: (ca.1905- ? ), Butler Junction Coal Company, Leechburg, PA
(ca.1919- ? ), Butler Junction Coal Company, Leechburg, PA
(ca.1952- ? ), Leechburg Mining Company,
|A portion of the U.S.G.S. Freeport, PA topo
map, ca.1909. Showing Butler Junction,along the Allegheny
(Map courtesy of the U.S. Geological Survey, Washington, D.C.)
|The Pennsylvania Railroad yards at Butler Junction. This
was the Junction with the Buffalo Creek Valley Line.
(Photo courtesy of William Paul Blystone, now of Florida, who lived in Butler Junction.)
The mining town of Butler Junction, with the Pennsylvania
Railroad viaduct over Buffalo Creek in the foreground. Photo taken
from the old Rt. 356 bridge between Gravers Ferry and Freeport, bridge was
removed in 1966. Most of these houses were removed for the new
Butler Junction Mine tipple and coal storage tanks, at the
far left. A few of the double miners houses for Butler Junction Mine.
Pennsylvania Railroad tracks in the foreground.
|Miners, ca.1941, at Butler Junction Mine, with the concrete
coal storage tanks in the background.
William Paul Blystone took this picture in 1941. The man on
the left with the light colored shirt was William's uncle Bill Powell who
scraped for Bill Christy standing next to him. Bill Christy was the cutting
machine operator as was Mr. Scott standing next to him. The man with the
high boots and fishing pole was Bill's grandfather Bert Blystone who also
worked in the Butler Junction Mine during the mid to late 1920s. Bert Blystone
and Clarence Blystone also worked at the Butler Junction coal mine and also
at the brick yard in Lanevile for a short while in 1923.
Butler Junction Mine, with the slate dump [boney dump] along
the Allegheny River. Bill Blystone recalls, "We used to swim in
the river near the slate dump and the slate dump is still there and is readily
seen from the river."
|Butler Junction School class of 1934. This was the
school that Bill Blystone attended.
(Photo courtesy of William Paul Blystone.)
The Coal Company house that the Blystone family lived in at
Butler Junction, ca.1941. Outhouses in the back of the houses. There
was no running water in the house, water was obtained from a spring in the
|Another picture of the miners houses at Butler
(Photo courtesy of William Paul Blystone.)
Memorial, Butler Junction Mine,
Butler Junction, Harrison Twp., Allegheny County, Pennsylvania"
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