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Coal Miners Memorial, Lyons Run Mine (Pleasant Valley Mine), Pleasant Valley, Penn Twp., Westmoreland Co., PA


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Elkin's Mine
(Lyons Run Mine)
(Pleasant Valley Mine),

Pleasant Valley,
Penn Township,
Westmoreland County,
Pennsylvania

A Tribute to the Coal Miners that mined the Bituminous Coal seams at Lyons Run Mine, Pleasant Valley, Penn Township,
Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania

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Raymond A. Washlaski

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

Updated Jan. 10, 2010

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Elkin's Mine
(Lyons Run Mine)
(Pleasant Valley Mine)
(ca.1892-1950's),
Located at Byers Run & PA SR4036 (Pleasant Valley Rd.), at the intersection of Chicken St., on the Lyons Run Spur Line of the Turtle Creek Valley Railroad, Pleasant Valley, Penn Twp., Westmoreland Co., PA
[Lyons Run Mine was formerly called Pleasant Valley Mine, name was changed in ca.1902.]
Owners: (ca.1892-1902) Elkins Gas Coal Company, Philadelphia, PA
              (ca.1902-1916) New York and Cleveland Gas Coal Company,
              (ca.1916-1945) Pittsburgh Coal Company, Pittsburgh, PA
              (ca.1945-1950's) Pittsburgh Consolidation Coal Company, Pittsburgh, PA
              (ca.1950's-    ?  ) Consolidation Coal Company, Pittsburgh, PA

A portion of the Greensburg, PA 15min U.S.G.S. quad map, ca.1906, showing the Pleasant Valley Mine and the surrounding area.
(Map courtesy of the U. S. Geological Survey, Washington, D.C.)

The early open tipple at Lyons Run Mine, that was used to load the railroad hopper cars on the Lyons Run Spur Line of the Turtle Creek Valley Railroad.
(Photo courtesy of John W. Mochnick's book "History of Penn Township." 1982.)

HISTORY:
Late in the 19th century, a Philadelphia based corporation undertook to conduct  coal mining operations at Pleasant Valley, in the mid-northwestern part of Penn Township.  This corporation, Elkins Gas Coal Company, acquired extensive mineral properties in the Pleasant Valley vicinity of Penn Township between ca.1892 and ca.1896, as well as 115 acres of surface land from C.S.O. Tintsman.

The mine site was on Byers Run and PA SR4036 (Pleasant Valley Road), where it intersects with Chicken Street.  One of the mine's many openings entered the hillside now traversed by the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

Pleasant Valley Mine was idle the greater part of ca.1896.

Until ca.1902, the mine was called Pleasant Valley Mine.  In 1902 The New York and Cleveland Gas Coal Company acquired Elkins Gas Coal Company, and renamed the mine Lyons Run Mine.  The name was derived from the Lyons Run spur line built by the Turtle Creek Valley Branch Railroad in ca.1892 to serve the Pleasant Valley Mine.

The Lyons Run Mine was run by the New York and Cleveland Gas Coal Company untill March 24, 1904, when the company conveyed its coal properties to Pittsburgh Coal Company of Pennsylvania.  From 1904 to 1916 the New York and Cleveland Gas Coal Company operated as a subsidery of Pittsburgh Coal Company of Pennsylvania operated Lyons Run Mine.

Lyons Run Mine was idle the greater part of 1915.

In ca.1916 the Pittsburgh Coal Company of Pennsylvania and the Monongahela River Consolidated Coal and Coke Company merged and formed the Pittsburgh Coal Company.

After ca.1916 the Lyons Run Mine was operated by the Pittsburgh Coal Company.  In 1945, Pittsburgh Coal Company merged with Consolidated Coal Company, forming Pittsburgh Consolidation Coal Company.  This company some years later, in the 1950's, was reorganized as Consolidation Coal Company [ConSol].

Mules were used for haulage of the mine cars from the mine mouth at Lyons Run Mine.
(Photo courtesy of John W. Mochnick's book "History of Penn Township." 1982.)
Mule Driver and his harnessed mine Mule at the Lyons Run Mine.
(Photo courtesy of John W. Mochnick's book "History of Penn Township." 1982.)

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