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HOLLSOPPLE, PA

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Hollsopple, Pa. was named after the coal town's founder, Charles Hollsopple. The Victor Coal Mining Company operated the Haws No. 1 mine at Hollsopple , mining in the Upper Kittanning seam. This coal was marketed under the trade name "Victoria Quemahoning" coal. The No. 3 mine at Hollsopple was in the Lower Kittanning coal, and went under the trade name "Victoria Smokeless." A 1922 descripton of Hollsopple stated, "Living conditions are good, and in addition to churches and schools, there are plenty of diversions, such as picture theatres, pool and billiard parlors and assembly halls."


Company built houses up on the hill in the Hollsopple patch. (July 2002 image by author)


A coal patch nomad and his camera crossing the railroad trestle in Hollsopple. (July 2002 image by author)


The company houses at the bottom of the hill are of the same style. (March 2004 image by author)


An actual photograph taken in the Haws No. 1 Mine. (Circa 1922 "Keystone Coal Catalog" image via Google Books)


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