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|Huron, Salem Twp., Westmoreland Co.,
[A Coal Company Patch town in Salem Twp., Westmoreland Co., Pennsylvania.]
[Presentday Huron contains several newer houses on Huron Circle Road, but, all the coal company patch houses and mine buildings have long since disappeared.]
Huron Coal Company, Greensburg, PA
Huron No. 1 Mine & Coke Works
Huron No. 2 Mine (ca.1903- ?
Huron No. 3 Mine (ca.1903- ?
Huron Mine and the town of Huron, Salem Township, was located approximately 1 mile north of Salemville, Salem Township, Westmoreland County. The Mine was first opened by Patton, in ca.1895 and was called the Patton Mine. In ca.1901 the Patton Mine was sold to the Huron Coal Company and was renamed the Huron Mine. By ca.1903 three drift entry mines were opened by Huron Coal Company.
In ca.1904 Huron No. 1 Mine, Huron No. 2 Mine, & Huron No. 3 Mine produced 124,810 tons of coal, the mines worked 259 days, and employed 112 miners.
In ca.1906 the Huron Mines produced 160,048 tons of coal, and employed 134 miners.
|The Coal Company Patch Town of Huron, ca.1908, consisted of the following mine buildings and miners housing:|
|Mine Office Building||Frame Building with Shingle Roof|
|Pit Mouth||Drift Mine entries|
|Engine House||Brick Building with Slate Roof|
|Coal Loading Tipple||Frame Building with Slate Roof|
|Weight Scales||Frame Construction|
|Coal Washer||Brick & Concrete Building with Asbestos protected Metal Roof|
|Boiler House||Brick Building with Asbestos protected Metal Roof|
|Coal Bins||Brick and Concrete Building with Asbestos protected Metal Roof|
|Shop Building||Frame Building with Slate Roof|
|Motor House||Frame Building with Ruberoid Roof|
|Barn||Frame Building with Composition Roof|
|Wagon Shed||Frame Building with Slate Roof|
|7 Water Tanks||Metal|
|100 Coke Ovens||Belgian Type, Push-Through Coke Ovens|
|PRR Yard||a double track Railroad yard|
|Managers House||Frame Building with Slate Roof|
|Bosses House||Frame Building with Slate Roof|
|Miners Houses||16 double-family Tenament houses Frame construction with Ruberroid Roof|
|Pennsylvania Railroad Station||Frame Waiting Shelter with Loading Platform|
|Keystone Coal & Coke Company acquired
the Huron Coal Company along with the Huron Mines and the town of Huron in
In ca.1908 construction began on the Huron Coke Works, the coking facility. This consisted of 100 "Belgian Type" Coke Ovens. These were unique in this area, as the "Belgian Type" Coke Ovens were of a push-thru design, which mean that both sides of the oven were open, with steel doors on the openings and a small charging hole in the top. The usual type of coke ovens in this area were the "Bee-hive type", which was a round dome type oven with a single door to extract the coke, and a small charging hole on the top.
The town of Huron was served by the New Alexandria Branch of the Pennsylvania Railroad, with a spur from Salemville. The station stop at Huron was called "Dundale". It consisted of an open roofed Waiting Platform and a loading Platform on a stone foundation. This was located just off of ______ Road, across from the Road leading to Huron Circle today.
The Mine Power House, Coal Washer, and Coal Loading Facilities were located just west of the present row of houses at Huron Circle, with the 100 Belgian Coke Ovens stretching south of these buildings.
The Coal Company Patch Town of Huron consisted of 16 double-family houses.
Plot of Huron Mine Building make for Keystone Coal and Coke Company ca.1908.
(Blueprint of Map received from Duke Neilson, Dec.26,1978)
|The Huron Mines were consolidated underground with the nearby Salem No. 1 Mine in ca.1925. In ca.1927 the 100 Belgian Coke Ovens were not longer in use, and the coal from the Huron Mines was being coked at the Salem No. 1 Mine Coke Works.|
|"Coal Miners Memorial,
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