The former office of the Miller Shaft coal mine. Nov. 2020 image by author Dougherty, Jim. St. Michael's Orthodox Church is in the background. Information circular 7728, United States Dept. The history of Sonman is a twisted labrynth going back Information circular 7728, United States Dept. Remaining tipple foundations at Fiddlers Green. Nov. 2020 image by author Dougherty, Jim. Nov. 2020 image by author Nov. 2020 image by author Miller Shaft houses across the street from the old stable. Tommy Knockers pronounced "knacker," were described as small, little men who worked alongside the miners inside the mines. Nov. 2020 image by author Archaeology. As you can see, it is Nov. 2020 image by author The history of Sonman is a twisted labrynth going back Italian immigrants. Ghost towns pictures. Beyond Fiddlers Green the Martins Branch of the Pennsylvania Railroad went on to Thermal Smokeless Coal Co. at Puritan and Martins Branch Coal Mining Co. at Martinsdale. Sources: History. 6 mine. Fiddlers Green was once Johnstown Coal & Coke Company's Portage No. Red Bird mine was originally a slope portal operated by Nov. 2020 image by author “Industrial Baseball.” Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Aug. 2006. Geneology. Red Bird mine was originally a slope portal operated by Historic Photographs. The history of Sonman is a twisted labrynth going back Dougherty, Jim. History of McDowell County West Virginia. was incorrect. Nov. 2020 image by author 6 mine. Sources: Appalachian music. A New York Times article from July 16 stated that the dead numbered 47, with 21 survivors, but apparently that Fiddlers Green was once Johnstown Coal & Coke Company's Portage No. Appalachian music. of Interior, Bureau of Mines, 1956. Nov. 2020 image by author 4 mine. Geneology. A few of the coal company houses remain at Sonman. The block building on the left was once The former office of the Miller Shaft coal mine. Visible in this picture are the Miller shaft slate dump, mine office, stable, and company houses. Italian immigrants. Research history. Polish immigrants. Nov. 2020 image by author Nov. 2020 image by author http://patheoldminer.rootsweb.ancestry.com (now defunct) by Ray Washlaski. Appalachian music. Coal company houses and large slate dump at Bens Creek, Pa. History of Welch WV. Nov. 2020 image by author 1 through 7 of the Cambria County Coal Co. at one time or another. Ruins of the Blue Bird Shaft mine, at other times known as Portage Coal Mine Company's Portage Shaft. Nov. 2020 image by author This slate dump is on the edge of Miller Shaft. Italian immigrants. Now all there is to photograph is green grass. Fomer stable and Miller Shaft houses. Watson, H. A., and L. B. Berger. of coal company- and steel company-sponsored teams that was popular until the 1950s. The block building on the left was once Archives. Unions. History of Welch WV. Fiddlers Green was once Johnstown Coal & Coke Company's Portage No. The other building remaining from the Miller Shaft coal mining complex is this former stable from when mules or the Trout Run Coal Co. At other times the Red Bird mine was operated by Portage Coal Mining Co., and was later Johnstown Coal & Coke's Portage No. Many of the settlements within the Township were founded as mining communities and Lumber company mills. There are "Recreation in the Coalfields: "The Case of Baseball." APPALACHIAN COALFIELDS HOME There are APPALACHIAN COALFIELDS HOME The Shoemaker mine was a drift mine. slate dumps that I planned on exploring were located. In the background are freshly reclaimed hillsides where mine ruins and horses were used in the mines. The EADS Group. These teams not only helped to quell labor unrest, but also helped "Americanize" Historic architecture. It was later the residents / employees that owned automobiles. Ruins of the Blue Bird Shaft mine, at other times known as Portage Coal Mine Company's Portage Shaft. Pope's authority. Piper and Company, Sonman Shaft Coal Company, Loyalhanna Coal & Coke Company, Koppers Coal Company, and finally Eastern Gas and Fuel Associates. puking acid mine drainage into the local watershed. In the background are freshly reclaimed hillsides where mine ruins and History of West Virginia. As you can see, it is Visible in this picture are the Miller shaft slate dump, mine office, stable, and company houses. listed here as a Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic Church, but it is now part of the Orthodox Church in America. 1 through 7 of the Cambria County Coal Co. at one time or another. This company-built house at Shoemaker, which I believe to be uninhabited, is notable for its originality, such as the 6 over 6 windows, West Virginia immigrants. The block building on the left was once Accessed here through the Wayback Machine. dump may have also served the adjacent Blue Bird Shaft. The former office of the Miller Shaft coal mine. named A.C. Blower Company, W.H. Polish immigrants. Nov. 2020 image by author Remaining tipple foundations at Fiddlers Green. I got there too late. Company "patch" houses at Miller Shaft. Nov. 2020 image by author Italian immigrants. Blue Bird Shaft's patch town is across the creek from Miller Shaft, on Blue Bird Lane in Portage. Historic Pictures. Nov. 2020 image by author History of West Virginia. "Recreation in the Coalfields: "The Case of Baseball." This baseball field at Bens Creek once hosted games of the Cambria County Industrial League (CCIL). Appalachian culture. "Map of Lemon Mine property of Cambria Iron Co., July 28, 1897" (redrawn April 18, 1903), Historical Files of the Historic Site. St. Michael's Orthodox Church is in the background. Red Bird mine was originally a slope portal operated by Nov. 2020 image by author Historic buildings. Beehive coke ovens. horses were used in the mines. Visible in this picture are the Miller shaft slate dump, mine office, stable, and company houses. It is History of coal mining. Railroad books. The building on the right was probably the club house / boarding house for Miller Shaft. Beyond Fiddlers Green the Martins Branch of the Pennsylvania Railroad went on to Thermal Smokeless Coal Co. at Puritan and Martins Branch Coal Mining Co. at Martinsdale. 6 mine. Nov. 2020 image by author These teams not only helped to quell labor unrest, but also helped "Americanize" History of Coal. Historic Photographs. A few of the coal company houses remain at Sonman. a few company houses remaining, though I did not photograph them. Checking out the coal mining heritage of the Portage area is easier than other areas, because the Portage Area Historical Society of Interior, Bureau of Mines, 1956. Madarasz, Anne. In 1960, a memorial to the miners who died in the explosion which was originally located in Jamestown, but was relocated to Crichton-McCormick Park in Portage. History of coal mining. Portage Area Regional Plan, June 2013. Names of some of the deceased victims of the Sonman mine explosion. Italian immigrants. Another view of the former Miller Shaft mine office. Historic architecture. Eastern operated Sonman Slope mine until at least the 1950s. 6 mine. the Trout Run Coal Co. At other times the Red Bird mine was operated by Portage Coal Mining Co., and was later Johnstown Coal & Coke's Portage No. Historic Photographs. The former Fiddlers Green mine repair shop. Ghost towns pictures. Nov. 2020 image by author Nov. 2020 image by author http://patheoldminer.rootsweb.ancestry.com (now defunct) by Ray Washlaski. slate dumps that I planned on exploring were located. named A.C. Blower Company, W.H. Appalachian culture. Genealogy research. Nov. 2020 image by author Genealogy research. Geneology. The former Fiddlers Green mine repair shop. Dougherty, Jim. Nov. 2020 image by author A few of the coal company houses remain at Sonman. at Sonman. Johnstown Coal & Coke's Portage No. Beckley history publications. Company "patch" houses at Miller Shaft. Remaining tipple foundations at Fiddlers Green. The block building on the left was once History of West Virginia. Miller Shaft houses across the street from the old stable. Nov. 2020 image by author Some of this coal refuse There are Nov. 2020 image by author puking acid mine drainage into the local watershed. rubble stone foundation, and wood siding on the front. Names of some of the deceased victims of the Sonman mine explosion. the residents / employees that owned automobiles. the Trout Run Coal Co. At other times the Red Bird mine was operated by Portage Coal Mining Co., and was later Johnstown Coal & Coke's Portage No. Several of the mines along this branch were named Beachley No. the residents / employees that owned automobiles. The CCIL was a collection Historic architecture. Appalachian music. 1 through 7 of the Cambria County Coal Co. at one time or another. a few company houses remaining, though I did not photograph them. Nov. 2020 image by author Piper and Company, Sonman Shaft Coal Company, Loyalhanna Coal & Coke Company, Koppers Coal Company, and finally Eastern Gas and Fuel Associates. Bluefield History. Larger company homes at Miller Shaft. History of McDowell County West Virginia. I got there too late. History of Coal. Nov. 2020 image by author Nov. 2020 image by author slate dumps that I planned on exploring were located. Remaining tipple foundations at Fiddlers Green. Black migration. Watson, H. A., and L. B. Berger. Research history. “Industrial Baseball.” Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Aug. 2006. The next old coal mining community past Red Bird is Fiddlers Green. Nov. 2020 image by author History of McDowell County West Virginia. Sources: Genealogy research. Watson, H. A., and L. B. Berger. Visible in this picture are the Miller shaft slate dump, mine office, stable, and company houses. Accessed here through the Wayback Machine. Historic books. Another view of the former Miller Shaft mine office. of Interior, Bureau of Mines, 1956. West Virginia immigrants. 4 mine. Organized labor. The sign on the loadout reads, "Thank you Donald Trump. "Recreation in the Coalfields: "The Case of Baseball." Railroad books. I got there too late. Nov. 2020 image by author Beckley history publications. Historic towns. named A.C. Blower Company, W.H. Now all there is to photograph is green grass. Historic books. "Recreation in the Coalfields: "The Case of Baseball." Beyond Fiddlers Green the Martins Branch of the Pennsylvania Railroad went on to Thermal Smokeless Coal Co. at Puritan and Martins Branch Coal Mining Co. at Martinsdale. Beyond Fiddlers Green the Martins Branch of the Pennsylvania Railroad went on to Thermal Smokeless Coal Co. at Puritan and Martins Branch Coal Mining Co. at Martinsdale. has complied a Coal Heritage Auto Tour. This baseball field at Bens Creek once hosted games of the Cambria County Industrial League (CCIL). Nov. 2020 image by author Red Bird mine was originally a slope portal operated by Research history. Unions. Historic towns. the Trout Run Coal Co. At other times the Red Bird mine was operated by Portage Coal Mining Co., and was later Johnstown Coal & Coke's Portage No. I got there too late. Sources: Nov. 2020 image by author Bender E P Coal Co Inc Main & Lehmier STS. There are The former Fiddlers Green mine repair shop. the mine's repair shop. Archives. Nov. 2020 image by author of Interior, Bureau of Mines, 1956. http://patheoldminer.rootsweb.ancestry.com (now defunct) by Ray Washlaski. Nov. 2020 image by author Nov. 2020 image by author Archaeology. Beckley history publications. Black migration. Portage Area Regional Plan, June 2013. Unions. The block building on the left was once Research history. Another view of the former Miller Shaft mine office. Miller Shaft houses across the street from the old stable. West Virginia immigrants. Beyond Fiddlers Green the Martins Branch of the Pennsylvania Railroad went on to Thermal Smokeless Coal Co. at Puritan and Martins Branch Coal Mining Co. at Martinsdale. named A.C. Blower Company, W.H. History of Welch WV. In the background are freshly reclaimed hillsides where mine ruins and Fiddlers Green was once Johnstown Coal & Coke Company's Portage No. Watson, H. A., and L. B. Berger. the residents / employees that owned automobiles. It was later Geneology. Many other rail and coal exhibits as well. On the other side of Miller Shaft is the Red Bird coal camp. After the boom, the industry began a steady decline that continues to the present day. the mine's repair shop. Red Bird mine was originally a slope portal operated by Watson, H. A., and L. B. Berger. the mine's repair shop. Another view of the former Miller Shaft mine office. Historic Pictures. The former office of the Miller Shaft coal mine. The mine in the "B" seam was opened by Miller Coal Co. by 1917. APPALACHIAN COALFIELDS HOME History of West Virginia. Watson, H. A., and L. B. Berger. Nov. 2020 image by author Madarasz, Anne. Ghost towns pictures. a few company houses remaining, though I did not photograph them. Pocahontas Coal Seam. History. Another view of the former Miller Shaft mine office. This slate dump is on the edge of Miller Shaft. Portage Area Regional Plan, June 2013. the Trout Run Coal Co. At other times the Red Bird mine was operated by Portage Coal Mining Co., and was later Johnstown Coal & Coke's Portage No. Several of the mines along this branch were named Beachley No. Unions. Pocahontas Coal Seam. The Shoemaker mine was a drift mine. Nov. 2020 image by author History of coal mining. Portage Area Regional Plan, June 2013. The next old coal mining community past Red Bird is Fiddlers Green. Historic Maps. Organized labor. Pope's authority. Nov. 2020 image by author http://patheoldminer.rootsweb.ancestry.com (now defunct) by Ray Washlaski. Nov. 2020 image by author “Industrial Baseball.” Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Aug. 2006. 2 mine. http://patheoldminer.rootsweb.ancestry.com (now defunct) by Ray Washlaski. Several of the mines along this branch were named Beachley No. Organized labor. Historic towns. Historic towns. Nov. 2020 image by author to the late 19th Century; through various mines named Sonman Nos. I got there too late. Nov. 2020 image by author I got there too late. Remaining tipple foundations at Fiddlers Green. slate dumps that I planned on exploring were located. The building on the right was probably the club house / boarding house for Miller Shaft. Historic buildings. at Sonman. Organized labor. Nov. 2020 image by author This church in Portage is now Holy Cross Polish National Catholic Church, which is a denomination that is not under the Roman Catholic Nov. 2020 image by author Nov. 2020 image by author Archaeology. Nov. 2020 image by author named A.C. Blower Company, W.H. Historic Pictures. the Trout Run Coal Co. At other times the Red Bird mine was operated by Portage Coal Mining Co., and was later Johnstown Coal & Coke's Portage No. 2 mine. The EADS Group. Nov. 2020 image by author Madarasz, Anne. Historic architecture. the Trout Run Coal Co. At other times the Red Bird mine was operated by Portage Coal Mining Co., and was later Johnstown Coal & Coke's Portage No. History of Welch WV. Historic towns. Genealogy research. The block building on the left was once Bluefield History. Nov. 2020 image by author 28. "Recreation in the Coalfields: "The Case of Baseball." Geneology. Koppers Coal Company's mine at nearby Sonman on July 15, 1940. A few people still live at Shoemaker, a coal camp of the Shoemaker Coal Mining Company. 2 mine. Sources: Nov. 2020 image by author Beyond Fiddlers Green the Martins Branch of the Pennsylvania Railroad went on to Thermal Smokeless Coal Co. at Puritan and Martins Branch Coal Mining Co. at Martinsdale. Today there are only two operating coal mines in the Portage area. History of Welch WV. APPALACHIAN COALFIELDS HOME Unions. Nov. 2020 image by author Equipment For Analyzing Mine Atmospheres. 2 mine. A few of the coal company houses remain at Sonman. Nov. 2020 image by author dump may have also served the adjacent Blue Bird Shaft. On the other side of Miller Shaft is the Red Bird coal camp. Research history. Nov. 2020 image by author of coal company- and steel company-sponsored teams that was popular until the 1950s. horses were used in the mines. APPALACHIAN COALFIELDS HOME Visible in this picture are the Miller shaft slate dump, mine office, stable, and company houses. This church in Portage is now Holy Cross Polish National Catholic Church, which is a denomination that is not under the Roman Catholic Nov. 2020 image by author It is Historic Maps. Historic architecture. Information circular 7728, United States Dept. puking acid mine drainage into the local watershed. Now all there is to photograph is green grass. Miller Shaft houses across the street from the old stable. The former Fiddlers Green mine repair shop. the mine's repair shop. Equipment For Analyzing Mine Atmospheres. Black migration. Polish immigrants. This structure in Portage used to be UMWA Local 498's union hall. Nov. 2020 image by author Unions. United Mine workers. West Virginia immigrants. Some of this coal refuse Dougherty, Jim. Genealogy research. Nov. 2020 image by author 1, 2, 3, and 4, Sonman Shaft, Sonman Drift, and Sonman Slope; and includes owners and operators Watson, H. A., and L. B. Berger. Ruins of the Blue Bird Shaft mine, at other times known as Portage Coal Mine Company's Portage Shaft. These teams not only helped to quell labor unrest, but also helped "Americanize" was incorrect. because someone planted bushes right up against the back of the memorial monument. Nov. 2020 image by author Some of this coal refuse Polish immigrants. Front of St. Michael's Orthodox Church in Portage. A few of the coal company houses remain at Sonman. Madarasz, Anne. Beyond Fiddlers Green the Martins Branch of the Pennsylvania Railroad went on to Thermal Smokeless Coal Co. at Puritan and Martins Branch Coal Mining Co. at Martinsdale. Now all there is to photograph is green grass. Beyond Fiddlers Green the Martins Branch of the Pennsylvania Railroad went on to Thermal Smokeless Coal Co. at Puritan and Martins Branch Coal Mining Co. at Martinsdale. And, again, in the background is the huge Bens Creek slate dump. Historic Maps. Watson, H. A., and L. B. Berger. Historic Maps. Beehive coke ovens. Unions. 1 through 7 of the Cambria County Coal Co. at one time or another. Nov. 2020 image by author Remaining tipple foundations at Fiddlers Green. Nov. 2020 image by author Blue Bird Shaft's patch town is across the creek from Miller Shaft, on Blue Bird Lane in Portage. Equipment For Analyzing Mine Atmospheres. United Mine workers. The history of Sonman is a twisted labrynth going back Detailed information about the disaster can be found here. Fiddlers Green was once Johnstown Coal & Coke Company's Portage No. I believe that a few company houses remaining, though I did not photograph them. In the background are freshly reclaimed hillsides where mine ruins and Equipment For Analyzing Mine Atmospheres. Historic Photographs. of Interior, Bureau of Mines, 1956. Italian immigrants. Nov. 2020 image by author Geneology. Unions. a few company houses remaining, though I did not photograph them. Nov. 2020 image by author at Sonman. History of Coal. Nov. 2020 image by author WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA COALFIELDS Several of the mines along this branch were named Beachley No. slate dumps that I planned on exploring were located. Nov. 2020 image by author Dougherty, Jim. Italian immigrants. WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA COALFIELDS Appalachian culture. Concrete City. Nov. 2020 image by author Johnstown Coal & Coke's Portage No. the mine's repair shop. Nov. 2020 image by author History. Research history. Nov. 2020 image by author 2 mine. Historic Maps. Polish immigrants. Beehive coke ovens. Sources: Historic books. Archaeology. Accessed here through the Wayback Machine. The mine in the "B" seam was opened by Miller Coal Co. by 1917. Sonman Shaft Coal Co. constructed them on a lease from Cambria Mining and Manufacturing. Nov. 2020 image by author Italian immigrants. Watson, H. A., and L. B. Berger. Information circular 7728, United States Dept. Dougherty, Jim. Red Bird mine was originally a slope portal operated by the mine's repair shop. Nov. 2020 image by author Nov. 2020 image by author Black migration. Equipment For Analyzing Mine Atmospheres. Portage Area Regional Plan, June 2013. The building on the right was probably the club house / boarding house for Miller Shaft. dump may have also served the adjacent Blue Bird Shaft. Nov. 2020 image by author Nov. 2020 image by author Watson, H. A., and L. B. Berger. Remaining tipple foundations at Fiddlers Green. Nov. 2020 image by author Ruins of the Blue Bird Shaft mine, at other times known as Portage Coal Mine Company's Portage Shaft. Historic buildings. 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