This remarkable photograph is of the coke works at Shamrock in 1963, a fairly late date for beehive coke production in Western Pennsylvania. The fence behind the ovens kept the smoke off of New Salem Road. (Image courtesy of Coal and Coke Heritage Center, Penn State Fayette).

Another view of the Shamrock coke ovens. These ovens supposedly went cold for good in 1967. They are mentioned in Muriel Sheppard's "Cloud By Day" and are among the best known coke yard ruins in Fayette County. (Image courtesy of Coal and Coke Heritage Center, Penn State Fayette)

The above-mentioned ovens today - dormant and overgrown. The word is that the Nobel family owns them, the same family that owns the coke yard at Shoaf. (Nov. 2003 image by author)

Although they haven't been fired in over 30 years, some of the ovens at Shamrock are still in good condition. They were actually built by the Fayette Coke Company, the first operator of the Shamrock coal mines and coke yard, around 1900. (Nov. 2003 image by author)

A good example of the trunnel hole, or "eye," at the top of a typical beehive oven. This was where the coal was poured in. (Nov. 2003 image by author)

Most of the Shamrock patch is gone. This house is one of seven remaining company-built houses. That may be vintage company-built siding, too. (Nov. 2003 image by author)

The owner of this house believed that it was constructed in the early 1920s. (Nov. 2003 image by author)

She gave me this picture of the house as it looked when she purchased it many years ago.