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RURAL RIDGE, PENNSYLVANIA (MONARCH MINE)

Rural Ridge, Pa. was home to the Monarch Mine, which was opened in the early 20th Century by Saxman and Sons, then ran by Monarch Fuel Co., and finally Duquesne Light. Today Rural Ridge functions as a bedroom community for Brackenridge, New Kensington, and the greater Pittsburgh area. The only structure I can see that is still remaining from the mine is the hoist house, but it was unaccessable to me.


A vintage view of the Monarch Mine/Rural Ridge coal mining town. (1947 image courtesy of Mary Yelich)


A typical patch town. (2017 image by author)


This style of coal company housing is known as "salt box" style. (2017 image by author)


Better housing, maybe for coal mine management. (2017 image by author)


(2017 image by author)

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