Saturday, February 5, 2011

Vintage Nemacolin Mine,Nemacolin, PA. From Patricia Ogden.Part 1

Supply house then
Supply house now.
Like i said in Mr.Snopik's post..we love hearing from blog readers who have photos/stories and memories to share.Thats why we do this and its catching on!Former area resident Patricia Ogden sent me some amazing photos from Nemacolin in the 1940's.She not only earned her own post,but series of posts! I will also include Patricia's descriptions which she emailed me.We cannot thank her enough! If you enjoy these posts,please comment!! So, we go!!
To see the mine in its current state, click here for the first of four videos.

Hello Chip,

Attached are photos that I found in my mom's album of Nemacolin mine. Most of these were taken in 1940, 70 years ago! Some of them were very small, only 2" x3". I have adjusted the contrast to make them as visible as possible, but this is the best I could do, considering the age and size of the photos. I viewed Judge Toothman's YouTube videos a few years ago and seem to remember that he said he worked at the mine for a time. Perhaps he can help expand on the uses of these buildings. These photos were left to me by my deceased mother, you have my permission to use them on your website, Southwest Pennsylvania Rural Exploration.

Patricia Ogden

A few notes/thoughts:

-I am going to send several separate e-mails, with a few photos attached.

-I have labled the photos with what was written on them by my mother. I certainly remember seeing the mine buildings, but I don't know what they were used for.

-The block house stood in what we called the supply yard. There were timbers, cinder blocks, etc. stacked here for use in the mine. In the foreground of the photo, you can see the brick road, then the small cars of a utility "train" that was used to transport the supplies to the mine shaft. There are a few timbers loaded in the last car. I don't know the use of the block house. But, notice across the river there is a train pulling coal cars. In this photo, the mine would be up the hill to the left, the ferry landing would be down the hill to the right. The place where the brick road ended at the dirt is just past this point, to the right. This block house was directly across the street from my family's home.

-Mine entrance photo-the steps you showed in your video continued across the brick road and down the hill to the mine. These steps can be seen in this photo, on the right. The machine shop building, that you walked thru in your video is shown in this photo. I remember in the 1960s that many of the windows in the shop building were blue, perhaps to reduce the heat in the summer? Also in this photo behind the machine shop building can be seen coal cars waiting to be loaded at the tiple.
(Keep in mind..the pics may not post in order as described,but I'll try - Chip)

Machine shop front now, 2010.


  1. Memories! What a great website and thank you for sharing. I am Patricia's 86 year old Aunt Marge who grew up in the home with Patricia's mom near the Ferry at the end of the brick road in Nemacolin. Thank you for the 3 video's on the walk down the brick road to the Ferry Landing. Took me back down Memory Lane!

  2. Why they did'nt keep the headgear and some building with winding machine for the memory.or museum.?
    Daniel from North France.

  3. Hi, Daniel.... Thanks for looking from France!
    Anyways, I guess that just not how we do it here. Soon as most of these mines closed, mores recent, they started tearing them down....scrap value, government regulations etc... They always seem to leave a few buildings behind (maybe for tax purposes) but for the most part, everything goes.
    The older mines have stuff remaining, but you need to know where to look.

  4. Good Morning,
    I have an old map I bought and was interested in seeing if anyone could tell me more about it. I was told it is from the Nemacolin coal mine back in the day. It is made on a piece of wood with very brittle paper and nails representing each opening to the mine.
    Thanks in advance to anyone who may be as interested in this as I am! (I can send pictures)

  5. I can take a look if you like.

  6. Was there year books? I'm searching for my Grandmother's old home, she can't remember the address.. Maybe pictures?
    Marylou Sanetrick is her name.. born in the 1920s any Great Grandparents out there remember her?