This was the No. 10 Works for United States Coal and Coke Co. (one of the coal mining arms of U.S. Steel - HC Frick Coke Co. was another), opened in 1908. There were coke ovens up the river (No. 4) and down the river (No. 3) from Venus, but there were never any coke ovens at Gary No. 10. www.addlikebutton.net

Company houses built by u.S.C. and C. for the workers of the No. 10 mine. (Apr. 2006 image by

Another view of Venus. (Apr. 2006 image by author)

The drift mouth for the No. 10 mine, with "1908" formed in the concrete. This would have been one of the portals through which coal cars were taken in and out of the mine. (Apr. 2006 image by author)

Another drift portal into the No. 10 mine. (Apr. 2006 image by author)

Concrete building and "manway" portal into the coal seam. Building could have been a lamp house or powder house. (Apr. 2006 image by author)

Just outside of the portals is a wooden trestle for the mine trolley. (Apr. 2006 image by author)

There are a few underground coal cars laying around the ruins of the mine, and this one is in the best condition. (Apr. 2006 image by author)

Tag rivited to the back of one of the coal cars showing it was made by ACF (American Car and Foundry) at their Huntington shop. (Apr. 2006 image by author)

Below the original No. 10 mine site is this chute/conveyor/loadout structure that was constructed to ship coal strip mined from a lower seam than the No. 10 mine. It is probably built on the same site as the original No. 10 tipple, and, since it has some wooden construction, may actually contain some of the original tipple structure in it. (Apr. 2006 image by author)

Looking inside a coal mine portal, one can see that a block seal has been broken into. (WV AML Program image)

On the left is the remains of a fan house, and on the right is another old mine building. (WV AML Program image)

A closer view of the old mine building shows that it was constructed in 1907. (WV AML Program image)

Looking inside the fan house into the air shaft. (WV AML Program image)



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