If you are from this area and grew up in my era, you will remember this prep plant beside Rt 88 in Fredericktown, PA. Its most memorable feature, at least to me, was as I was driving to and from college at Cal. U in the mid 80's. As you approached Fredericktown from both directions on 88, you'd notice the giant waste pile opposite the prep plant, with a steady flow of cars running on cables, crossing Rt. 88, hauling waste product to the top of the pile.
|RT. 88, where the cables crossed the road|
It was something I always watched for and remember the cars opening up on top, spewing the waste up on top. I considered it a treat (yea, I'm weird like that), when I was close and a cable car would pass directly over me as I drove through the viaduct. Then the traffic of these cars slowed, eventually stopping. Until recently, I always imagined them running again, but they never did.
|Picture of intact prep plant, waste pile behind.|
Above two file photos from Coal Camp USA, where there are nice interior shots shown.
Early last year I noticed new activity at the Clyde Mine site, the prep plant was coming down. It was a slow process, and for the longest time, just the center metal "core" remained standing. As I drove past last week, it was finally toppled, so I thought I'd go ahead and post the series of pictures of its demise. There are quite a few pictures, but each on show some progress of it end.
Right across the road are a series of still standing buildings near the old rail road tracks, I stuck my head in and took a few shots, but was limited by time, so we plan on getting back there soon before these are the next to go.....these buildings follow.
Lastly, there are a few older brick buildings near the prep plant that also still remain for now....
There is a nice Bing Map of the area taken a few years ago here.