Today, Danielle and I headed over across the Mon river to Fayette county, PA to look at the old abandoned Teresa mine and coke works. Christmas eve day, Klondike Bowling Lanes in Masontown, PA burned down and traffic was diverted along the river heading south along Madison Ave, crossing the tracks onto Sterling Road. To my left in the barren month of December I saw the ovens lined up.
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One the above interactive map, directly below the label of Mt. Sterling Rd, you will see a rectangular clearing which is the oven/mine site. The old mining buildings, save one partial brick wall pictured later, have all been razed. If one were driving through here in the summer, one might entirely miss the ovens all together as they are quite grown over and only a few ramshackle houses remain along the river (they looked like they once might have been the bosses housing as they were quite large compared to normal patch housing).
As I researched these ovens, I noticed there really isn't a great deal of information out there concerning these ovens/mines. The following is the best I could do care of this nice site, PA, The Old Miner.
A reader of our blog, Mike Stilwell contacted us and gave his view of the ovens. There is not too much
information about the Teresa mine anywhere I can find, and Mike is the second person to suggest this is / was the old Mount Sterling mine and coke ovens. These types of industries changed hands frequently through time, so this might be the case here. Makes sense, as the road running between the ovens and the river, through the handful of patch houses is named Mt. Sterling Road. Also, Mike was good enough to send the following pictures, in one, the Sterling Plant is listed and the crew is titled "Coke Oven crew at Mt. Sterling" on the second.
|Mt. Sterling Plant|
|Date on the picture reads 1998. Not too much has changed from our pictures shot in 2011.|
Chip has a cool blog entry w/ a video of the Poland Mine PA coke ovens HERE.