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Coal Miners Memorial Tower Hill Mines & Coke Works, Tower Hill No. 1, Redstone Twp. & No. 2, Luzerne Twp., Fayette Co., PA


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Map of H.C.Frick Coke Co. Mines
Tower Hill No. 1 Mine & Coke Works,
Tower Hill No. 2 Mine & Coke Works
Tower Hill No. 1, Redstone Twp. &
Tower Hill No. 2, Luzerne Twp.,
Fayette County,
Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

A Tribute to the Coal Miners that mined the Bituminous Coal seams of the Tower Hill Mines, 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. 20, 2010

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Tower Hill No. 1, Redstone Twp., Fayette Co., PA
[A coal company patch town in Redstone Twp., Fayette County, Pennsylvania.]
[Tower Hill No. 1 is located south of Republic, Fayette Co., PA.]
See: Tower Hill No. 1 Mine & Coke Works, Tower Hill No. 1, Redstone Twp., Fayette Co., PA

Tower Hill No. 2, Luzerne Twp., Fayette Co., PA
[A coal company patch town in Luzerne Twp., Fayette County, Pennsylvania.]
[Tower Hill No. 2 is located west of Republic, Fayette Co., PA.]
See: Tower Hill No. 2 Mine & Coke Works, Tower Hill No. 2, Luzerne Twp., Fayette Co., PA

Tower Hill No. 1 Mine & Coke Works (ca.1906- ? ),
Located near Republic, on the Monongahela Railroad, in the Klondike Region of the Connellsville Coke Region, Tower Hill No. 1, Redstone Twp., Fayette Co., PA
[Tower Hill No. 1 & No. 2 Mines contained 714 rectangular coke ovens ca.1916, in ca.1919 Tower Hill No. 1 Coke Works contained 320 coke ovens.]
Owners: (ca.1906-   ?  ), Tower Hill Connellsville Coke Company, Pittsburgh, PA
              (ca.1916-   ?  ), Tower Hill Connellsville Coke Company, Pittsburgh, PA
              (ca.1920-   ?  ), Eastern Coke Company, Pittsburgh, PA

Tower Hill No. 2 Mine & Coke Works (ca.1906- ? ),
Located near Republic, on the Monongahela Railroad, in the Klondike Region of the Connellsville Coke Region, Tower Hill No. 2, Luzerne Twp., Fayette Co., PA
[Tower Hill No. 1 & No. 2 Mines contained 714 rectangular coke ovens ca.1916, in ca.1919 Tower Hill No. 2 Coke Works contained 394 coke ovens.]
Owners: (ca.1906-   ?  ), Tower Hill Connellsville Coke Company, Pittsburgh, PA
              (ca.1916-   ?  ), Tower Hill Connellsville Coke Company, Pittsburgh, PA
              (ca.1920-   ?  ), Eastern Coke Company, Pittsburgh, PA

HISTORY:

United Mine Workers of America ca.1922 strike
During the National Coal Miners Strike of 1922, Fayette County's first outbreak of violence occurred on April 29th, 1922, in the Republic District at Tower Hill No. 1 Mine.  A day earlier a number of women had been arrested for trying to stop some scab miners from entering the Tower Hill No. 1 Mine; Pennsylvania sent a detachment of State Police to the Tower Hill No. 1 works.  The next morning a group of about 500 men and women, protesting for higher wages at the mine opening, engaged in fighting with the coal company's Coal & Iron Police and State Police, and while no one was killed, one striking coal miner was shot and many more were injured by the coal company's club-welding Coal & Iron Police.
(Description of Tower Hill No. 1 Strike, 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.)

"Coal Miners Memorial Tower Hill Mines & Coke Works,
Tower Hill No. 1, Redstone Twp. & Tower Hill No. 2, Luzerne Twp., Fayette County, Pennsylvania"

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