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The Remains of the Beehive Coke Ovens

 
 
The Remains of the Beehive Coke Ovens Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, August 24, 2014
1. The Remains of the Beehive Coke Ovens Marker
Inscription. The remains of the beehive coke ovens, that are visible on both sides of the Youghiogheny River, are some of the first in what became known as the "Connellsville Coke Region", with over 35,000 ovens in operation.

Coke, a hard, porous residue with a high heating value, was made by burning coal in the sealed ovens. When ready, the coke was drawn from the ovens and loaded into rail cars and shipped to Pittsburgh, where it was used in the making of steel.

Until the end of World War I, the "Connellsville Coke Region" was so unrivalled in the production of coke, that at one time it was known as "The Coke Center of the World".
 
Erected 1995 by Andrew P. Miller, Eagle Scout Project.
 
Location. 40° 2.179′ N, 79° 38.447′ W. Marker is in Dunbar, Pennsylvania, in Fayette County. Marker can be reached from Great Allegheny Passage. Touch for map. The GPS coordinates are approximate. Marker is on the Great Allegheny Passage (North), on a section called the Youghiogheny River Trail (YRT). This is the railbed of the Pittsburgh, McKeesport & Youghiogheny Railroad, later part of the Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad, and now a wide groomed trail ("Rails to Trails"). The marker is located a few yards east of old railroad

The Remains of the Beehive Coke Ovens Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, August 24, 2014
2. The Remains of the Beehive Coke Ovens Marker
The Youghiogheny River is behind the marker.
milepost 54. For perspective, milepost 55 is located alongside River's Edge KOA Campground, farther east of the marker on the YRT. The trail mileposts, in the form of wood survey stakes, are marked without respect to the old railroad mileposts which are cement and less susceptable to mischief. Marker is in this post office area: Connellsville PA 15425, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Connellsville Coke (approx. 0.8 miles away); Chestnut Ridge (approx. 2.2 miles away); Connellsville (approx. 2.2 miles away); a different marker also named Connellsville (approx. 2.2 miles away); Braddock's Twelfth Camp (approx. 2.4 miles away); Home of Colonel William Crawford (approx. 2.4 miles away); Colonel William Crawford (approx. 2 miles away); Benjamin Wells (approx. 2 miles away).
 
More about this marker. There is no public parking at the KOA, however they may allow registered parking. Marker is one mile west by foot or pedal bike from this address: 1101 Riveredge Rd., Connellsville, PA 15425, in the area called Adelaide. A trailhead with free public parking is located behind the Martin's grocery store (plaza) in Connellsville; look for the red caboose behind the store. Marker is within the
The Remains of the Beehive Coke Ovens Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, August 24, 2014
3. The Remains of the Beehive Coke Ovens Marker
Westbound from Adelaide and Connellsville; marker is on the right.
township of Dunbar.
 
Also see . . .
1. River's Edge KOA Camp - bike trail information. (Submitted on August 30, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
2. Great Allegheny Trail. (Submitted on August 30, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
3. Yough River Trail Council. Includes pictures of the Connellsville trailhead behind Martin's grocery store. (Submitted on August 30, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.) 

4. Beehive Oven - Wikipedia. (Submitted on August 30, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
The Remains of the Beehive Coke Ovens Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, August 24, 2014
4. The Remains of the Beehive Coke Ovens Marker
Eastbound
Coke Ovens Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, August 24, 2014
5. Coke Ovens Marker
This post is a few yards west of the marker.
The Remains of the Beehive Coke Ovens Marker and Railroad Milepost image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, August 24, 2014
6. The Remains of the Beehive Coke Ovens Marker and Railroad Milepost
And a few more steps west is railroad milepost 54. In this eastward view, the brown "Coke Ovens" post is next in the background, and the back of the "Remains..." marker can be seen behind the "Coke Ovens" post.
The Remains of the Beehive Coke Ovens image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, August 24, 2014
7. The Remains of the Beehive Coke Ovens
The view of the remains is quite obscured. The Boy Scouts had this cleared at one time.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 30, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 282 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on August 30, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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