The Hoover Coke Works are located near McClellandtown, PA. At its peak, the Hoover Coke works had 196 working ovens. The adjacent patch town of Hoover is quite small – so small, in fact, that it never even had a company store. The coke works were initially owned by the James H. Hoover Company of McClellandtown but were later operated by the Pennsylvania Coal Company. The Hoover Coke Works shut down just short of the 1960s.
What’s left now are the bank ovens – the rest of the ovens have been demolished. The leftover coke ovens are strangely elevated above ground – this is because the area where the workers would normally stand was excavated to make room for vehicles as they reclaimed the slate dump. Towards the end of the ovens, near the remains of the waste pile, is a block room where supplies were likely stored.
Now, as the ovens are slowly decaying into the ground and the bricks that made up the outer facing disintergrate, the ovens are an interesting way to see the construction of a beehive oven. While a beehive oven is still intact, its hard to see why they are referred to as beehive ovens - after all, the just look like long blocks. But as the bricks crumble, you can see the beehive shape of the actual ovens.
|The Hoover patch|
|One oven intact, another decaying|
|The stone wall on one side of the ovens|
|View through the top of the oven|
|The elevated ovens|
|As the brick facing decays and falls, you can see the inner beehive|
|Another view of the construction of the beehive inside|
|This one has fallen apart so much there is daylight between facing and oven|
|An almost intact oven|
|The brick insides of the oven spilling out|
|Another oven in a state of decay|
|The supply room|
|What's left of the waste pile|
|The coke works|