Aug. 2002 image by author

This coal patch town is Standard, next to the borough of Mt. Pleasant, built in 1878 by the A. A. Hutchinson & Brothers Company. Standard featured one of the largest beehive coke yards in the world. There were eventually 905 beehive coke ovens at there. Standard probably held the record for town with the worst air quality, too.

Dec. 2002 image by author

The company store at Standard, PA has been recycled into an auto parts store. Part of the company housing is to the left.

Image courtesy Coal and Coke Heritage Center, Penn State Eberly Campus

The Standard coke yard is idle on this day in 1929. Note the huge ash pile behind the ovens.

Aug. 2002 image by author

More of the Standard coal company town. In 1883 the mine and coke ovens at Standard were purchased by, you guessed it, H.C. Frick Coke Co. Frick purchased Standard from Hutchinson while they were travelling abroad together.

Image courtesy USX Resources, scanned by author

This tipple and hoist house for Standard Shaft No. 2 mine are no longer existing. The dormer windows are a nice touch. This mine was a huge producer for Frick. In 1918 790,000 tons of Connellsville Nine Foot seam (actually part of the Pittsburgh seam) coal was mined.

Dec. 2002 image by author

Company houses at Standard Shaft. The mine didn't close until 1931.

May 2018 image by author

Nice, large house at Standard Shaft may have been a boarding house for single miners. It is not shown on a 1902 map of Standard Shaft, but does show up on later (probably circa 1920) maps.

May 2018 image by author

This brick building used to be the compressor house at Standard Shaft No. 2.

May 2018 image by author

Remains of No. 2 Shaft.

July 2014 image courtesy of coalandcoke.blogspot.com

This was once a boiler house for Shaft No. 2.

Circa 1912 American Iron and Steel Institute image via Google Books

Miners' families' gardens at Standard.


Vivian, Cassandra. Henry Clay Frick and the Golden Age of Coal and Coke, 1870-1920. McFarland & Company, Inc.

Fitzsimons, Gray, editor. Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania - An Inventory of Historic Engineering and Industrial Sites. National Park Service, 1994.