BOBTOWN, PA


Bird's eye view of Bobtown with the patch on the left and the ruins of the coal mine on the right. (Image courtesy of Microsoft Virtual Earth)


The superintendent's office at the Bobtown mine, Shannopin Coal Co.


The boiler house at the Bobtown mine.


On the left is the bathhouse at Bobtown, on the right is the lamphouse. Shannopin Coal Co. closed the mine in the early 1990s.


Signs inside the lamphouse.


Inside the bathhouse can still be found the baskets hanging from the ceiling that held the miners' clothes


The miners' shower in the Bobtown bathhouse.


The supply shed at Bobtown is collapsing.


Remains of the electric locomotive system that hauled coal from the mine


The locamotive brought the coal cars down to this preparation plant on the banks of the Monongahela River. This is how it looks today as viewed from Albert Gallatin's pioneer estate.


The mining camp on the hill above the mine


Another section of the Bobtown patch.


Probably the Bobtown company store.


Sam Baker sent in this photo, about which he writes, "I found a semi-sealed portal behind the lamphouse with stone steps coming from the patch to it."


Sam Baker photographed this portal near Bobtown, and he wrote, "The portals used to be 12 foot but the AMD precipitate has built up to the current levels. The portals did not acess the J&L Steel/Shannopin mine." Another portal is about 20 feet away.


The following photos were taken by Tom Strong:


Shannopin bath house


Inside the bath house


Probably front of lamp house


Ransacked lamp house interior


Overhead crane


Electrical details


Artificial respiration detail


Mine office lintel


Mine trip trestle


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