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Coal Miners Memorial Atlas Mine & Coke Works (Colvin Mine & Coke Works), Dunbar, Atlas, Dunbar Twp., Fayette Co., PA


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Atlas Mine & Coke Works
(Colvin Mine & Coke Works),

Atlas, near Dunbar,
Dunbar Twp.,
Fayette County,
Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

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

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Raymond A. Washlaski

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

Updated Nov. 28, 2009

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Atlas Mine & Coke Works
(Colvin Mine & Coke Works)
(ca.1880-   ?  ),
Located near Dunbar, Atlas, Dunbar Twp., Fayette Co., PA.
[Atlas Mine Coke Works contained 80 bee-hive coke ovens ca.1889.]

[Atlas Mine was combined with the Mahoning Mine underground ca.1903.]
[Atlas Mine Coke Works contained 90 bee-hive coke ovens ca.1910.]
Owners:  (ca.1880-   ? ), Colvin and Company,

              (ca.1800's- ? ), Atlas Iron Company,
              (ca.1889-  ?  ), Cambria Iron Company, Johnstown, PA
              (ca.1894-  ?  ), Cambria Iron Company, Johnstown, PA 
              (ca.1910-  ?  ), Cambria Steel Company, Johnstown, PA

A portion of the U.S.G.S. Uniontown 15min. Quad. map ca.1900, showing the area that the Atlas Mine & Coke Works and Mahoney Mine & Coke Works were located in just south and west of Dunbar, PA
(Map courtesy of the United States Geological Survey, Washington, D.C.)

HISTORY:

Dunbar, PA Colvin Mine Fire, Oct 1884
The Colvin mine at Dunbar, Pa., was discovered on fire Oct. 26. The entrance was closed by earth and rocks in hopes to smother out the flames. Old miners say it will have to be flooded, a plan which is very expensive and at present will be nearly impossible because of the drouth. [sic] The origin of the fire is a mystery. It is surmised it might have caught from smoldering flames in old abandoned workings adjoining. Smoke is issuing from the gangway of the Anchor Mines adjoining, and it is feared they are also on fire. The Colvin works include sixty acres and eighty coke ovens. Anchor one hundred ovens and a large tract of coal.
(from "Grand Traverse Herald," Traverse City, MI, Oct. 30, 1884.)

The following information on the Atlas Mine & Coke Works is taken from "Reports of the Inspectors of Mines of the Anthracite and Bituminous Coal Regions of Pennsylvania, for the Year 1889."

Atlas Mine.  Located near Dunbar, Fayette County, is now owned by the Cambria Iron Company.  This mine is in rather poor condition, though perhaps the present owners are not to blame as the trouble appears to come from the old workings and the cause is undoubtedly the poor method of mining formerly in vogue, viz, wide rooms and small ribs.  The remedy is larger pillars in the future.  At the time of last visit there was quite a squeeze on the workings of the eight left flat.  The rooms were well posted and drainage good.  Found 25,200 feet of air (per minute) in circulation.
(Report Inspectors of Mines of Pennsylvania,1890:357.)

The Atlas Mine and the Mahoning Mine were joined together underground and combined around ca.1903.

Atlas and Mahoning Mines:
Two mines into one.  They put in a new Janesville pump of the largest size, which is pumping the water out in good shape;  they have also good ventilation.
(Dept. of Mines of Pennsylvania Report for 1903.)

"Coal Miners Memorial, Atlas Mine & Coke Works (Colvin Mine & Coke Works),
Dunbar, Atlas, Dunbar Twp., Fayette County, Pennsylvania"

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