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EDENBORN, PA

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The Edenborn coal and coke plant was opened circa 1900 by American Coal & Coke Co., a subsidiary of American Steel & Wire Co. This firm also owned and operated the neighboring Gates mine and town. Later Edenborn was absorbed into the mighty H.C. Frick Coal & Coke Co. Like other coal and coke works, Edenborn experienced organized labor woes in the 1920s and 30s.


Feb. 2004 image by author

Edenborn was a "model" patch town owned by H.C. Frick Coke Co., replete with large houses of varying shapes and sidewalks, as pictured here.


Feb. 2004 image by author

These duplexes, more common to Western PA company towns, may have been built at a later date, when demand for coal and coke peaked and additional workers were needed.


Feb. 2004 image by author

The superintendent's house still sits on a hill in Edenborn, overlooking the rest of the community.


Feb. 2004 image by author

Except for a piece of ruins here and there, I couldn't find the remains of the Edenborn coal and coke facilities. This refuse pile remained, with the patch in the background. There was also a reprocessing operation of the refuse pile at Edenborn.

"Coke Oven Mike" did find some of the Edenborn coke ovens in 2017, however.


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