|Adelaide Mine & Coke Works
(Cupola Mine) (ca.1888- ? ),
Located on the Pittsburgh, McKeesport & Youghiogheny Railroad, on the Youghiogheny River, west of Connellsville, Mayville, Adelaide Station, Adelaide, Dunbar Twp., Fayette Co., PA
[Adelaide Mine was formerly known as the Cupola Mine.]
[Adelaide Mine Coke Works contained 342 coke ovens ca.1889.]
[Adelaide Mine Coke Works contained 375 coke ovens ca.1910.]
[The Adelaide Mine was connected to the Trotter Mine, to drain the water from the mine.]
Owners (ca.1888- ? ), H.C. Frick Coke Company, Scottdale, PA
(ca.1910- ? ), H.C. Frick Coke Company, Scottdale, PA
A portion of the Connellsville 15 min. quad map, revised ca.1902,
showing the Adelaide Mine & Coke Works and the surrounding area of Fayette
County. Note, the double line of coke ovens along the river below
A portion of the Connellsville 15 min. quad map, revised ca.1936,
showing the Adelaide Mine and the surrounding area of Fayette County.
Note, the Adelaide Coke Works coke oven banks do not show on this map.
Also, several roads and rows of company houses have also
[The following information on the Adelaide Mine is taken from the "Report of the Inspectors of Mines of the Anthracite and Bituminous Coal Regions of Pennsylvania, for the year 1889."]
Adelaide Mine, formerly known as the Cupola Mine. Mine was opened during 1888. Shaft opening, located on the P., McK & Y. R.R., Fayette County, Pa. Adelaide Mine is operated and owned by the H.C. Frick Coke Company.
This mine promises to be a very large one and I must say that notwithstanding the unfortunate fact that the whole of the coal field lays to the dip, that I regard it as being one of the best planned and equipped mines in my district.
Preparations are now being made to put in rope haulage and that will in a measure, overcome the misfortune of having to contend with grades that are now invariably against the load. A pair of headings are being driven to connect this mine with the Trotter mine workings, and I understand that there will in all probability be a powerful fan erected midway, over a shaft sunk to connecting headings. When connections are made with the Trotter mine, that mine will get all the Adelaide water.
Double entries, split-currents and heavy ribs are the order
in this mine. The ventilation is now produced or effected by vans of
a 15 foot Brazil fan. The indications are, that in the near future
this mine will generate or give off fire-dmp copiously, especially when the
ribs or pillars are drawn over or under from large areas; however,
with vigilance constantly exercised, I no not apprehend any serious accidents.
The present officials seem to be competent, careful and observent persons.
One person has been burned by fire-damp at this mine since I became
Mine Inspector; the burns were not of a fatal character, and I understand
the person is about fully recovered. My investigations (after the burning
was reported to me) failed to disclose any evidence of neglect on part of
the mine officials.
|Adelaide Public School and it's students
and teacher, ca.1926.
(Photo courtesy of the Coal & Coke Heritage Center, Penn State University Fayette Campus, Uniontown, PA, Martha Meyers Hoover Collection. and Evelyn A. Hovanec's book, "Common Lives of Uncommon Strength:")
|Acid Mine Drainage
Acid mine drainage from the abandoned Adelaide Mine continues to flow into the Youghiogheny River, near Adelaide, Fayette Co., PA ca.2003
(Photo courtesy of the Focus Magazine, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2003, of the Tribune-Review, Greensburg, PA)
Memorial, Adelaide Mine & Coke Works,
Mayville, Adelaide, Dunbar Twp., Fayette County, Pennsylvania"
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