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First Mining of Pittsburgh Coal

 
 
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By Mike Wintermantel, October 28, 2011
1. First Mining of Pittsburgh Coal Marker
Inscription. This State's bituminous coal industry was born about 1760 on Coal Hill, now Mount Washington. Here the Pittsburgh coal bed was mined to supply Fort Pitt. This was eventually to be judged the most valuable individual mineral deposit in the United States.
 
Erected 1985 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Location. 40° 26.065′ N, 80° 0.678′ W. Marker is in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in Allegheny County. Marker is on Grandview Avenue 0 miles west of Bertha Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Located across Grandview Avenue from St. Mary of the Mount Church, near the overlook. Marker is in this post office area: Pittsburgh PA 15211, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bessemer Converter (approx. 0.4 miles away); Clinton Furnace (approx. 0.4 miles away); John A. Roebling (approx. 0.4 miles away); Westinghouse Electric Corporation (approx. 0.4 miles away); Historic Site in Journalism (approx. half a mile away); Wall Section Through Rampart of Fort Pitt (approx. half a mile away); Forbes Road (approx. half a mile away); Edith Darlington Ammon (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pittsburgh.
 
Also see . . .
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By Mike Wintermantel, October 28, 2011
2. First Mining of Pittsburgh Coal Marker
 Pittsburgh Coal Seam. Wikipedia article about Pittsburgh Coal. (Submitted on October 31, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.) 
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
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By Wilbur G. Burroughs, March 14, 1914
3. Pittsburgh Coal Seam
"Map of the Horizon of the Pittsburgh Coal Bed in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio -- The Maryland deposit is excluded. It will be noted in the illustration that in West Virginia there is a line which shows where the Pittsburgh bed becomes thin and of little commercial value. While some of the deposits west of that line in Ohio are of considerable value, many are utterly valueless, and some are mere traces. In other places, the bed is missing and its horizon alone can be determined. As this is a map covering the horizon of the coal bed and not its actual presence, the profitable coal area, especially in Ohio and West Virginia, will be considerably smaller than that shown." Date 14 March 1914(1914-03-14) Source The Pittsburgh Coal Bed, Coal Age, Vol. 5, No. 11 (March 14, 1914); page 441.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 28, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 425 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 28, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.   3. submitted on October 31, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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