|Ronco Barge load out. Compare to the 1940's era photo below.|
We then headed down Ferry Road (duh!) looking for the ferry landing.After taking what ended up being the long way around, we found it near an old water treatment facility along the river. The remains of the concrete landing lined up with the road on the other side of the railroad tracks. Tough to see if youre not looking for it, but its there. In the photo of the Nemacolin ferry sent to us by
PatriciaOgden, you can see both the water treatment plant and the barge load out area circa the 1940's
|Ronco, as seen from the Nemacolin Ferry|
|The Ronco mine, from the ferry picture above|
The old bridge pilings from the Monongahela Rail Road line that ran through are still intact. It appears to have tied into the new line which along the river.
On the hike out (the road was cabled to prevent railroad tie theft, we didnt steal any, so its cool...) we looked along the creek and saw what we thought were coke ovens. After re-hiking back, we found...well, we aren't sure what it is. Some sort of furnace or oven in amazing shape...in the middle of nowhere. Any info on this wil be appreciated. Theres not much info on Ronco on the net.
|In this picture, the buildings in the background are the water treatment plant in Ronco, Pa. The actual structures are gone now, but the "tanks" to the side of the plant remain, as seen in the two videos below.|
And Part two.....