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CASCADE, WV

The coal camp and coke works at Cascade, Preston County, WV were one of the last beehive coke oven plants operating in America. When many of the following photographs were taken in 1973, all of the beehive coke ovens in Pennsylvania had been shut down for one year. (Well, maybe except for an experimental type of coke ovens at Alverton, PA that weren't really true beehives.) It's probably a coincidence that the last beehive coke works in America was just up the creek from Cascade at Bretz, WV.


Preston Coal and Coke Company's still burning coke ovens at Cascade as they looked in November 1973. (1973 image by W.E. Barrett, courtesy of HABS/HAER, Library of Congress)


The Cascade coal camp has also been demolished since this photograph was taken in 1973. (1973 image by W.E. Barrett, courtesy of HABS/HAER, Library of Congress)


Another vintage view of the Cascade coal camp. Preston Coal & Coke demolished their company houses in 1978. (1973 image by W.E. Barrett, courtesy of HABS/HAER, Library of Congress)


The coke yard and rail siding along Deckers Creek. In the center of the picture can be seen a coke oven extracting machine. (1973 image by W.E. Barrett, courtesy of HABS/HAER, Library of Congress)


This was the power plant that was located at Cascade. The smokestack was torn down in 1976. (1973 image by W.E. Barrett, courtesy of HABS/HAER, Library of Congress)


Ancient photo of a dam across Deckers Creek at Cascade. It was probably built by the coal and coke company to provide a pool of water for quenching their coke. That looks like a coal tipple in the background. (Circa 1914 WV Geological Survey image via Google Books)


About the only remnants of Cascade still in existence are these buildings that were probably from the power plant. (Image by others)


When driving through Cascade, WV today one would never imagine that it was the site of a coal mine, coke works, and company town. (Google Street View image)

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