Monday, November 7, 2011

Allison Mine & Coke Works. Allison, PA, Fayette County.

The Allison #1 Mine & Coke Works began operation circa 1904. Built by the W.J. Rainey Coke Company, there were approximitely 400-500 coke ovens. The Allison #2 ovens were built circa 1905 by the same company and had at its maximum 150-200 operating coke ovens. At its peak the Allison Coke Works had about 550-700  rectangular coke ovens in production. In the mid-1950s the Allison Mine & Coke Works were operated by the Emerald Coal & Coke Company.

Older picture of the coke ovens
What's left of the various mine buildings is spread out... The tipple and the decaying remains of two bulidings stand below Allison and are on Allison Custom Fab's property. The coke ovens are set between ACF and a water treatment plant, and the main mine buildings are across the road. The former company store is still currently used but the rest of the buildings are collapsing.

Much of the coke ovens have fallen into disrepair and seem to even been dozed in places. Along one side are stacks of mine cars. These mine cars are scattered across the entire area.

View of the tipple from the ovens

View of the tipple from the slate dump



  1. Jennifer (Kerr) TurcoNovember 7, 2011 at 9:45 PM

    These are awesome!

  2. Thanx Jennifer.... It is a really cool area, very quiet and the buildings don't look like they have been vandalized at all.

  3. I remember this very well. We surveyed gas wells all over this area. Croftchecks own all that land now.

  4. Played on and around all these artifacts as a kid late 50s & early 60s. Lots of dirty fun, but I think all is gone now