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Coal Miners Memorial Monarch Mine & Coke Works (Leisenring No. 3 Mine, Monarch (Leisenring No. 3), Dunbar Twp., Fayette Co., PA


Helen Szabo Linko, Remembering the coal-patch days in Monarch (Leisenring No. 3), Dunbar Township, Fayette Co., PA


History of Leisenring No. 1 Mine & Coke Works, Leisenring (Leisenring No. 1), Dunbar Twp., Fayette Co., PA


History of Leisenring No. 2 Mine & Coke Works, Leisenring No. 2, West Leisenring / Butte, North Union Twp., Fayette Co., PA, USA


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Map of H.C.Frick Coke Co. Mines
Monarch Mine & Coke Works,
(Leisenring No. 3 Mine & Coke Works),

Monarch (Leisenring No. 3),
Dunbar Twp.,
Fayette County,
Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

A Tribute to the Coal Miners that mined the Bituminous Coal seams of the Leisenring No. 3 Mine (Monarch 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 Aug. 25, 2010

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Monarch Mine & Coke Works
(Leisenring No. 3 Mine & Coke Works)
(ca.1886-1952 ? )
Located at Monarch (Leisenring No. 3), Dunbar Twp., Fayette Co., PA


Leisenring No. 3 Mine & Coke Works
(Monarch Mine & Coke Works)
(ca.1886-1952 ? ),
Located at Monarch (Leisenring No. 3), Dunbar Twp., Fayette Co., PA
[See: Monarch Mine & Coke Works.]
Owners: (ca.1886-1889), Connellsville Coke and Iron Company, Leisenring, PA
             (ca.1889-  ?  ), H.C. Frick Coke Company, Scottdale, PA

DESCRIPTION:

HISTORY:
Leisenring No. 3 Mine & Coke Works, also called the Monarch Mine & Coke Works, was built ca.1886 by the Connellsville Coke & Iron Company, which went into production in 1886.  The original Leisenring coal tract had 8,500 acres of coal lands, the Connellsville Coal & Iron Company divided the tract among three mines and towns;  it was the largest single coal tract in the Connellsville coke region.  Connellsville Coke & Iron Company constructed the town of Leisenring No. 3 (Monarch), to house the employees working at the Leisenring No. 3 Mine and Coke Works.  The town of Leisenring No. 3 consisted of the standard coal region double houses and a company store.
(History and description of Leisenring No. 3 Mine & Coke Works, adapted from "Fayette County, Pennsylvania: An Inventory of Historic Engineering and Industrial Sites, 1990,"  America's Industrial Heitage Project, National Park Service, Historic American Buildings Survey / Historic American Engineering Record, U.S. Department of the Interior, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.)

An early view of the Leisenring No. 3 Mine (Monarch Mine) tipple and power house.

Leisenring No. 3 Mine Tipple and Coke Works
The Leisenring No. 3 Mine Tipple and coal bins as they appeared ca.1910-1920.  The dinkey engines on top of the coke ovens pulled the larries that loaded the coke ovens with coal from the coal bins in the tipple.  The coke works crew is standing in front of a coke drawing machine and railroad coke hopper car loader.  Frank Matylewski is the man at the far left, standing on the railroad car of coke.  On the traveling platform, on the far right is Stan Wisniewski.  The other three men and the boy are not identified.
(Photo courtesy of Jerry Slominski, Omaha, Neb., the photo was obtained from Patty Matylewski Bradley, Oscoda, MI, the daughter of miner Frank Matylewski.)

Union Supply Company Employees, Monarch Store
Undated photo of the Union Supply Company Monarch Store Employees (Leisenring No. 3 Mine), the persons in the photo were not identified.
(Photo courtesy of the Coal & Coke Heritage Center, Penn State University Fayette Campus, Uniontown, PA.)

"Coal Miners Memorial, Monarch Mine & Coke Works (Leisenring No. 3),
Monarch (Leisenring No. 3), Dunbar Twp., Fayette County, Pennsylvania"

Helen Szabo Linko, Remembering the coal-patch days in
Monarch (Leisenring No. 3), Dunbar Township, Fayette Co., PA

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