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ERNEST, PA

Jefferson and Clearfield Coal & Iron Company, a subsidiary of Rochester and Pittsburgh Coal Company, opened Ernest No. 1 coal mine in 1902, and the first coal shipped in 1903. 274 beehive coke ovens were constructed next to the tipple by 1907. Eventually mines numbered 2, 3, and 4 were opened. The Ernest mines produced Freeport seam coal until 1965.


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Ernest coal company houses.


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Most of these coal company houses have had their front porches enclosed, but the 2nd one from the right still has it's original porch.


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A coal patch town surrounded by Western Pennsylvania mountains.


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Looking down yards in this former coal mining town.


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Parish and (probably former) rectory of what was, until 1995, Assumption Roman Catholic Church. This is now a mission known as Church of the Resurrection Parish.

There is also a Protestant church in Ernest, but there was not really a parking place where I could stop and photograph it.


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Another view of Church of the Resurrection Parish in Ernest.


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Most of the Ernest coal mine complex has been demolished. The structure shown here is a portion of what was a larger building containing the mine's machine shop, blacksmith shop, and carpenter shop.


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Foundations of the Ernest mine boiler house.


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Boiler house foundations and shops building.


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Although there were beehive coke ovens at Ernest, I saw no sign of them. I did see this coke lying on the ground, however.


Sources:

Rose, Kenneth, editor. Indiana County, Pennsylvania; An Inventory of Historic Engineering and Industrial Sites. 1993.

http://patheoldminer.rootsweb.ancestry.com (now defunct) by Ray Washlaski. Accessed here through the Wayback Machine.

Pennsylvania Mine Map Atlas, 10 Apr. 2021, www.minemaps.psu.edu/.


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