|Fairbanks, Loyalhanna Twp., Westmoreland
[A Coal Company Patch town in Loyalhanna Twp., Westmoreland Co., Pennsylvania.]
[Located on the Western Pennsylvania Railroad, Fairbanks Branch.]
[Only two houses remain in what was the coal patch town of Fairbanks.]
See: Fairbanks Coal Works, Fairbanks, Loyalhanna Twp., Westmoreland Co., PA
Fairbanks Mine, Fairbanks, Loyalhanna Twp., Westmoreland Co., PA
Helen No. 2 Mine, near Fairbanks, Loyalhanna Twp., Westmoreland Co., PA
Fairbanks Coal Works (before
ca.1882 ? - ? )
Fairbanks Mine (ca.
Remains of the mine openings, only depressions in the sides of the hills, partly buried slate dump and remnants of the railroad bed and two houses mark the site of the Fairbanks Mines, and the coal mining town of Fairbanks, ca.2005.
The fire in the Fairbanks mine is still burning but strong hopes are entertained of its being soon extingushed. The boiler and pump now in use are doing their work well, and a great quantity of water is pumped in daily. The water is now up to within a short distance of the roof, and if the pressure of the water does not break down some of the barriers it will soon reach the roof and subdue the fire. The wall along the tunnel has been strengthened with strong oak braces, and everything has been made secure as possible. The men are all anxious to see the fire extinguished as it is a question of bread and butter with them.
[from "The Indiana Progress," Indiana, PA, Nov. 23, 1882.]
From the Reports of the Inspectors of Mines for Pennsylvania,
In ca.1889 the Fairbanks Mine employed 166 miners, 21 company men, 13 drivers and runners, 4 doorboys and helpers, for a total of 205 men and boys inside the mine. 2 blacksmiths, 2 engineers and firemen, 8 company men outside, 3 superintendents, book-keepers and clerk, for a total of 230 men employed in 1889.
|A portion of a ca.1895 Railroad Map of Western
Pennsylvania, Showing the location of Fairbanks, on the Western Pennsylvania
Railroad showing the Fairbanks spur, which left the mainline shortly after
crossing the Kiskiminatas River below Saltsburg,. Fairbanks was the
location of the Fairbanks Mine, and coal patch town of Fairbanks, Loyalhanna
(Print courtesy of the Prints and Photo Division of the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.)
|A portion of the U.S.G.S. 15 min. Latrobe,
PA ca.1902 quad map showing the location of Fairbanks, Loyalhanna Township,
(Map courtesy of U.S. Geological Survey, Washington, D.C.)
We would like to ask for help in finding any information on the Fairbanks Mine, Fairbanks, in Loyalhanna Twp., Westmoreland Co. and for any information about the miners that worked there.
Memorial, Fairbanks Mine,
Fairbanks, Loyalhanna Township, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania"
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