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MORE COAL COUNTRY

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Photographed at the Pioneer Coal Mine, Ashland PA

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Long ago, this is what lifted the tons of Coal from deep inside a Mine.

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This is the Power Machinery that lifted the tons of Coal.

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Roads that lead nowhere, but into the brush.

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Had the chance to Tour this Coal Processing Plant with 10 other people.  It’s very dirty, full of coal dust, and noisy.  Here the coal is processed into different size chunks for customers all over the USA.  Safety is the main concern of the UMW Union.  OSHA has nothing to say about what goes on here.  The United Mine Worker’s do!

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What remains of a old “drag line” from long ago.

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A whole lot of wasted water.

Thank you for stopping by.

Les

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COAL MINE

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Back up to the Coal Region area, I was told about this working Coal Mine located just outside of Mahoney City (pronounced “Mah-Ha-Noy”).  It is just one of the very few Coal Mines that are still around after so many years.  Here, I did not even try to enter the area because places such as this are very aware of who comes in here.  They don’t care for people just walking around.  If you don’t have special permission to be here, you will be thrown out for tresspassing!

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Just another Image of what my Pentax see’s.  Here I had to use my Pentax 80-300mm Lens to get closer.

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The Coal Region area is just full of places that used to be used, but now are wasting away back to Nature.  This road was for something, but now no longer for anything.

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Abandonded and forgotten, this piece of Coal equipment just sit’s here.  What purpose it was for, I don’t know.

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Rusted tracks that are never used.

Thanks for stopping by.

Les

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HISTORIC MINERSVILLE

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Greek Orthodox Church Spire in Minersville, PA.  Sometimes called an “Onion Spire.”

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Built in1920, this is the old Regar Building that was once a Dress Factory back in its day.  Now, vacant & empty, it wastes away into History.

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The old Parish School still in use today.

Thanks for stopping by.

Les

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ABANDONDED DAYS INN

Traveling up & down RT61 North & South many times, I remember a Day’s Inn that sat just off the highway, but hard to see since it sorta sat in a small hallow off the highway.  I remember when this was being built, but never really paid much attention to it.  Just another place to stop for the night, so I didn’t think anything of it.

However, now I had noticed that the Days Inn was looking like a place not used anymore.  It was a mess, to say the least.  Thought I’d grab my camera gear and go take a look to see what happened.

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Welcome to the Days Inn in Schuylkill Haven or what is left of it.  Doing some research about this, I found out that 2 Brothers from India owned this thru the Day’s Inn franchise.  It was built by them back in 1985.  I’m told that it was a nice place to stay over night with clean well-kept rooms.  I don’t remember just how long it stayed in business, but over time it went down-hill because the Brothers got into something way over their heads.  They had no Management experience on how to run a Motel at all.  Realizing that it was failing the Brothers just up and left it!!  Now, it’s a falling apart scar on the land.

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Welcome!  We have lot’s of rooms open for your stay  .  .  .  .  If you dare!

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Over the years, the whole place has been stripped of anything that could be sold for profit, including copper wire & pipes.

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This is strange.  Why?

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Have a seat!  Rest your feet.

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While walking around this place, I was very aware of what might be in here that I don’t know about.  I was very alert to anything.  Places such as this is why a carry a .45 cal pistol.  Who knows what’s in here that might want to rob or do me harm?  I was told that during the Spring, Summer, and early Fall this place has “squatters” that live here.  Drugs are common.  However, during cold Winters there is usually nothing but an empty eyesore, because it’s just too cold.

Local people want the place torn down.  Engine Company’s respond here because of small fires that start for some reason.  They want it torn down, also.  Local gov’t does nothing about it.  Too expensive.  So it is just left to rot away.  Maybe in the near future, something will be done.

 

Thank You for Stopping by.

Les

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WILLOW LAKE

Back in the early 60’s, while I was still in High School, I was told about a place named Willow Lake that was up North of here in Schuylkill Haven.  This was about all I knew, so I had forgotten about it until one day last week when the Wife and I got into having a conversation about the Lake.

Eileen was born & raised in Minersville, a small Coal Mining town, that was not too far away.  Since she was in HS about the same time as me, she told me about this place that she & her friends went to a few times.  Willow Lake was a swimming pool where a whole lot of local people & teenagers went to swim, dance, and have a good time.  Every Saturday night a Band named The Jordon Brothers, played here.  Music from the 60’s were their specialty.  Everyone loved them.  The Lake not only had swimming & dancing, but it also had a Stand for Hot Dogs, FF, Hambergers, Soda,  and Candy for everyone.  Since, I was never able to go there, I had no idea about it except for what is told to me.

Now, let’s Fast Forward, to Present Time.

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This is a Image of Willow Lake from the 60’s.  It’s not my Image, because it does not exist any more.  Over the passing years, Willow Lake started to go down-hill for a reason that I don’t know.  Why this very popular place went under is anyone’s guess.  Over time, it just sat there, empty.  No one used it.  So the Owner decided to cover it over with dirt & back fill.  Now, very little remains unless you know where it was.  So, in our conversation, Eileen told me about where it used to be and it got me interested to see this once popular place from the past.

Ok, so I grabbed my camera gear, and went to the place she told me about.  It turned out that it was not as easy to find as I thought it would be.  More than 50 yrs. have passed since the place existed.  I had a heck of a time finding what was left.  I drove up to the location 2 times, but could find nothing!  Frustrated me!  So, I was determined to see this, so I went up for the 3rd time, looking around all over!  Finially, I found it with the help of some local people.

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Ah, yes.  Welcome to what used to be Willow Lake.  My trustee steed sit’s on History from the past.  Like I was told.  There’s not much here anymore.  Just a bunch of trees, grass, and scrub where a Pool used to be.

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What remains of the ole’ Bath House.

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The Door to the Mens Bathroom was open, so I took a look.

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Wash your hands?  The color of the Walls still remain.

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The Girls Bathroom is a mess!

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Here you can still see the black top.  Look at the other Image and you can see what it was used for.

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The outer edges of the Pool are still here.  The Blue color is ice from the cold.

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A closer look.

It has been more than 50 yrs. since this Pool was used.  Now, it has faded into History, like many other places.  While walking around here, I felt a total saddness for this place.  At one time it was full of people enjoying themselves on a warm summer day.  Now, there is nothing but a memory.  What a shame.

 

Thank you.

Les

 

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WALKING THRU THE PAST

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Since I do enjoy photographing sites that are up in the Historical Coal Region area, I decided to return to the Primrose/Lytle Colliery that was once here long ago.  When here the last time, I could only go so far for fear of falling into a Mine Shaft that might have been there, but not able to see since the years have passed.  You must be careful on just where you walk, at times.

So, on my return trip here, I wondered if there was another way into this place.  In my slow drive around on the Main road, I happen to notice a small parking area.  I pulled in, stopped the car, got out to take a look around.  I figured the parking lot was there for a reason, and sure enough I was right.  I noticed a path that led into the woods close by the Coal fields that I wanted to explore.  Again, I looked for “Private Property or Keep Out” signs, but found none that I could see.  The above Image shows what I have to walk thru, at times, to get to a site that I want.  It’s wet, dirty, full of Coal dirt, and trees that have fallen down.  It can get messy!  I have learned to wear boots that are made for this sort of thing.

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This is looking back behind what I walked thru.  The parking lot is up on the left of this Image.

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One big pile of Coal Dirt that has been eroded by weather.  Has probably been here for years.

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This is the old Weigh Station that was used to weigh Coal Trucks as they left the yard.

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A barren waste land of nothing but coal dirt/scrap.  It was cold here, and quite windy.  Tried to shoot a video with the camera, but it didn’t turn out very well.  Too much noise from the wind.  I deleted it.

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As I had stated before, area’s like this are used often for 4-wheelin’.

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Looking back to where I had been before.  Notice the cement wall that once was part of the Colliery.

So, that’s it.  I took some other Images, but I think I’ve posted enough.  This will be my final walk thru here.  I’ve seen pretty much of it.  I know what was here, but not the full story.  Only “Ghosts from the Past” will know.

Thank You.

Les