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Coal Miners Memorial Harmar Mine, Harmarville, Harmar Twp., Allegheny Co., PA


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Harmar Mine,
Harmarville,
Harmar Twp.,
Allegheny County,
Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

A Tribute to the Coal Miners that mined the Bituminous Coal seams of the Harmar Mine, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

Compiled & Edited by
Raymond A. Washlaski

Raymond A. Washlaski, Historian, Editor,
Ryan P. Washlaski, Technical Editor,

Updated April 8, 2010

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Harmar Mine (ca.1915-1980),
Located along Guys Run and the Allegheny River, on the Pennsylvania Railroad & Harmar Barge Canal, Harmarville, Harmar Twp., Allegheny Co., PA
Owners: (ca.1915-  ?  ), Harmar Coal Company,
              (ca.1918-  ?  ), Consumers Mining Company,
              (ca.     ?        ), Wheeling - Pittsburgh Steel Corp.
              (ca.      ?       ), Consolidation Coal Company,
              (ca.     ?        ), CONSOL Energy.

August 7, 1918,
Harmar Mine,
Harmarville, PA
8 Miners Killed.

From the Bureau of Mines Report:

The explosion occurred at 3:20 P.M. while 8 men were in the mine, 5 engaged in moving a pump near the shaft bottom, and 3 in placing guides and buntons in the shaft.  These 3 men were working about 40 feet below the collar and were blown to the surface, where they landed 30 or 40 feet from the shaft.  The hoisting equipment was wrecked.  Within a few minutes three men who were alive were pulled up the shaft by a rope that was let down to them.  These three died a few days later.  The other two bodies were recovered with the use of breathing apparatus.

The mine had just been unwatered, and although a fan had been installed it was not used prior to the explosion.  Electric incandescent lamps were being used.  Gas accumulated in the workings at the bottom of the 90 foot shaft and was ignited by an open light or match.  The mine was wet and dust was not ignited.  No examination for gas had been made.
(Bureau of mines Report, by Geo. S. McCan.)

A group of Harmarville miners ca.1921, Harmar Mine.

A very special thanks to Jeanne Svitesic Cecil for many of the names of the Harmar Mine miners.  The miners names have been extracted from her book "Our Coal-Mining Community Heritage:  Harmarville, PA, "  Jeanne Svitesic, 2001.  The book is available from the Aspinwall Bookshop, Aspinwall, PA   e-mail  JTBooks@city-net.com

A special thanks to Viola Nury Guercione and family for the addition of many more names of the miners that worked at the Harmar Mine.

"Coal Miners Memorial, Harmar Mine,
Harmarville, Harmar Twp., Allegheny County, Pennsylvania"
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