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WEST LEISENRING, PA (LEISENRING NO. 2)

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The Leisenring No. 2 coal mine, coke works, and patch town were constructed by the Connellsville Coke and Iron Company in 1882. These "salt box" company houses are still there. (Oct. 2004 image by author)


H.C. Frick Coke Company purchased the Leisenring mines in 1890. It was probably this company that constructed this industrial shop building. H.C. Frick Coke Co. was a subsidiary of U.S. Steel, and these mines were later operated under the U.S. Steel name. (Oct. 2004 image by author)


Foundations and ruins of the Leisenring No. 2 mine are strewn about the site. (Mar. 2003 image by author)


This large refuse pile is the result of nearly 70 years of coal mining and coke manufacturing at Leisenring No. 2. (Oct. 2004 image by author)


Old coal processing equipment lying around at the edge of town. (Oct. 2004 image by author)


Visable behind this conveyor are the smaller company built cottages at the upper end of the patch. (Oct. 2004 image by author)


Some of the coke ovens at Leisenring No.2 are still in fair condition. This is probably because this is the last coke works that U.S. Steel operated in the Connellsville Coke Field. The coke ovens were allowed to go cold in 1957, two years after coal mining had ceased. (Mar. 2003 image by author)


When the Leisenring No. 2 mine closed U.S. Steel moved the head frame for the shaft to Washington County, where they were opening a new mine called Maple Creek. US Steel operated this coal mine until 1995, after which it was operated by Murray Energy before closing in 2002 due to exhaustion of the coal. Now this shaft frame just sits on the side of the Mon-Fay Expressway with no purpose except as a monument to all the men and women that mined coal and made coke at Leisenring No. 2. (Aug. 2003 image by author)


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