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Johnetta Mine & Coke Works
(Johnetta No 1 Mine),
Johnetta No. 2 Mine & Coke Works,

Johnetta. Gilpin Twp.,
Armstrong County,
Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

A Tribute to the Coal Miners that mined the Bituminous Coal seams of the Johnetta Mines, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

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Raymond A. Washlaski

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

Updated Aug. 26, 2008

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Johnetta P.O. (White Rock), Gilpin Twp., Armstrong Co., PA
[Johnetta was established as a brick factory town and mining town along the Allegheny River.  Johnetta was the home to both the Pittbught-Buffalo Company and United States Sewer Pipe Company and a vertical shaft coal mine. The town was named after the daughter of John H. Jones.] 
[Located on the Allegheny Valley Division of the Pennsylvania Railroad, on the Allegheny River.]
[A coal patch town located at Johnetta, Gilpin Twp., Armstrong Co., PA]
[Johnetta is now a mining and brick works ghost, with nothing remaining, except for a few foundations.]
See: Johnetta Mine & Coke Works, Johnetta, Gilpin Twp., Armstrong Co., PA

Johnetta Mine & Coke Works
(Johnetta No. 1 Mine)
(ca.1901-  ?  ), located on the Buffalo & Allegheny Valley Railroad, along the Allegheny River, Johnetta, Gilpin Twp., Armstrong Co., PA
[Johnetta Coke Works contained 10 bee-hive coke ovens ca.1901.]
[Johnetta No. 1 & No. 2 Mines mined 73,502 tons of coal ca.1910, employed 100 men & boys, steam powered.]
Owners: (ca.1901-  ?  ), Pittsburg & Buffalo Company, Johnetta, PA
              (ca.1910-  ?  ), United States Sewer Pipe Company, Johnetta, PA
              (ca.1926-  ?  ), Johnetta Brick and Coal Company,

Johnetta No. 2 Mine & Coke Works (ca.1904-  ?  ), located on the Buffalo & Allegheny Valley Railroad, along the Allegheny River, Johnetta, Gilpin Twp., Armstrong Co., PA
[Johnetta No. 2 Coke Works contained 25 bee-hive coke ovens ca.1904, ca.1905.]
Owners: (ca.1904-  ?  ), Pittsburg & Buffalo Company, Johnetta, PA
              (ca.1905-  ?  ), Pittsburg & Buffalo Company, Johnetta, PA
              (ca.1910-  ?  ), United States Sewer Pipe Company, Johnetta, PA

The town of Johnetta, established in 1892, is located at one of the most beautiful points in the Allegheny valley, the houses being built on a high bluff overlooking the river. Each house is surrounded by a large plot of ground suitable for gardening, and fruit and shade trees have been planted along the streets. The town depends entirely upon the operations of the Pittsburgh-Buffalo Company controlled by the Jones interests, John H. Jones, president of the company, residing there all the year round. He is unusually popular with the employees and takes a strong personal interest in their welfare. The town consists of 140 frame houses, sixteen brick residences, a store, schoolhouse, and the Johnetta Memorial Church, presided over by Rev. Walter Kennedy. The houses are heated by gas taken from the company's own wells, which have a pressure of 80 pounds to the square inch. The population is 662, of which about 500 are employees of the company.
[from "Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present," J. H. Beers & Co., 1914.]

The Johnetta place of the United States Sewer Pipe Company and the Johnetta mines are both located at Johnetta, Pa., thirty-three miles north of Pittsburgh on the Buffalo & Allegheny Valley division of the Pennsylvania railroad. These important industries bring prosperity to many residents of this section, the brick plant – which was established in 1898 – alone giving employment to from four hundred to four hundred and fifty men. This plant is the largest of its kind in the country, never closes, and turns out over one hundred thousand bricks daily, for which a market is found all over the United States and Canada.
[from "Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present," J. H. Beers & Co., 1914.]

The Johnetta Plant of the United States Sewer Pipe Company utilizes the famous Kittanning clay for the manufacture of refractory products. This clay immediately underlies the Kittanning coal, which is mined in advance of the clay, and which finds a ready market at the northern lake ports. The clay seam is about 15 feet in thickness, of exceptional purity.

[from "Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present," J. H. Beers & Co., 1914.]

Coal Miners Memorial Johnetta Mines & Coke Works,
Johnetta, Gilpin Twp., Armstrong Co., PA
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