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The Cleveland and Morgantown Coal Company's Pursglove No. 2 mine was in the Sewickley seam of coal. Shown here is the No. 2 cleaning plant, related buildings, and coal camp houses for that mine. (Farm Security Administration image)


The preparation plant and most of the coal camp are gone today, but these auxillary structures that were up on the hill behind the plant remained when I took this photo. I believe that even these are gone now. (Nov. 2004 image by author)


This old equipment was still in one of the buildings. (Nov. 2004 image by author)


The Pursglove No. 1 mine was in the Pittsburgh seam. Later Christopher Coal Co. mined the Pittsburgh seam here and named it their No. 15 mine. Consol was the final operator of the Pursglove No. 15 mine, and, although the mine was defunct at the time of this photograph, they allowed these shop buildings from that mine to remain. They were probably using them for some kind of storage. (Nov. 2004 image by author)


Few company houses remain in the Pursglove vicinity. (Nov. 2004 image by author)


Marion Post Wolcott probably photographed Pursglove at the same time she documented nearby Chaplin. Here she has photographed two story "shotgun" houses on the hillside above mine shops and rail sidings. (Sep. 1938 image by Marion Post Wolcott, Library of Congress)


Another style of company houses at Pursglove, these are very common in Pennsylvania mining towns. But Pursglove isn't that far from Pennsylvania. In Pennsylvania these would have been duplex houses for two families, but I only see one chimney on each of these homes. (Sep. 1938 image by Marion Post Wolcott, Library of Congress)


Kids hanging out on the porch of a coal company duplex house. (Sep. 1938 image by Marion Post Wolcott, Library of Congress)


A young girl in dirty rags carries home kerosene for lamps. (Sep. 1938 image by Marion Post Wolcott, Library of Congress)


Litter and junk strewn about the mining town. (Sep. 1938 image by Marion Post Wolcott, Library of Congress)


At least the coal company provided residents with a swimming pool. (Sep. 1938 image by Marion Post Wolcott, Library of Congress)


Part of the Pursglove tipple. (Sep. 1938 image by Marion Post Wolcott, Library of Congress)


Evidently there were several housing styles at Pursglove. (Sep. 1938 image by Marion Post Wolcott, Library of Congress)

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