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MOWEEN, PA

Moween is in Loyalhanna Twp. in northern Westmoreland County. The Mooween Mine was opened by the Keystone Coal Co. in 1906, and closed circa 1950. The Upper Freeport seam Moween underground coal mine was in Westmoreland County, but a bridge led to the tipple on the Indiana County side of the Conemaugh River, probably because that's where the railroad was located (Conemaugh Divsion of Pennsylvania Railroad). There were slate dumps on both sides of the river.


(March 2020 image by author)

Front-gabled coal company houses.


(March 2020 image by author)

I photographed this abandoned "patch" house because the original architecture is apparent.


(March 2020 image by author)

This was once the superintendent's house. It overlooked the mine and tipple site in the Conemaugh Valley. Note that the bottom floor is stone and the upper floor is wood-framed.


(March 2020 image by author)

The former Moween company store is now a private residence.


(April 2015 image by Mike Mance)

The tipple is gone, but the piers from the bridge bringing the coal across the river are still there. Another tipple was located only a few hundred yards away. This was from the Watson Mine at White, Pa.


(March 2020 image by author)


Sources:

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

http://coalandcoke.blogspot.com by Michael Mance.

Fitzsimons, Gray, editor. Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania - An Inventory of Historic Engineering and Industrial Sites. National Park Service, 1994.



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