American Industrial Mining Co.
Preserving Our Mining and Industrial Heritage
Non-profit preservation, restorations and education

Stella Maris Coal Mine 

Last (1) man PA coal mine that used ponies to pull mine cars up until recently as the 1980's.

 
We were contacted with only days to spare before this unbelievable complete wooden tipple and mine site was scheduled to be reclaimed. We sprung into action and were able to save a few artifacts.
 
  1.  Stella Maris Coal Mine
    Stella Maris Coal Mine
    Meeting up at the Coal Car Saloon and heading off to the remote coal mine in Central Pa.
  2.  Stella Maris Coal Mine
    Stella Maris Coal Mine
    The access road to get to the mine.
  3.  Stella Maris Coal Mine
    Stella Maris Coal Mine
    First site the entire wooden tipple was completely intact AMAZING ! ! ! !
  4.   Shoaf Coal & Coke
    Shoaf Coal & Coke
    The mine cars were pushed by hand to the end and dumped into dump trucks.
  5.  Stella Maris Coal Mine
    Stella Maris Coal Mine
    DO NOT take the stairs.
  6.  Stella Maris Coal Mine
    Stella Maris Coal Mine
    [ Seriously ] what are the chances of finding a wooden tipple with a wooden mine car that a pony pulled still in existence as of April 2012.
  7.  Stella Maris Coal Mine
    Stella Maris Coal Mine
    Standing on the scale looking to the dump track.
  8.  Stella Maris Coal Mine
    Stella Maris Coal Mine
    The pony harnesses still hung from on the tipple from the last cars pulled from the coal mine.
  9.  Stella Maris Coal Mine
    Stella Maris Coal Mine
    The scale fully intact where he used to weigh the mine cars. The empty weight was written on the outside of the car so he could easily subtract the 2.
  10.  Stella Maris Coal Mine
    Stella Maris Coal Mine
    The SCALE frozen in time. The one thing we wanted to preserve but were unable to from this site.
  11.  Stella Maris Coal Mine
    Stella Maris Coal Mine
    The brass mine car tags still remained by the scale.
  12.  Stella Maris Coal Mine
    Stella Maris Coal Mine
    A link hanging in the tipple when he used to couple the mine cars together and pull them out with the ponies.
  13.   Stella Maris Coal Mine
    Stella Maris Coal Mine
    There was one track switch at the end of the tipple. This was saved.
  14.   Stella Maris Coal Mine
    Stella Maris Coal Mine
    The car dumper at the end was completely manual. Our team was also able to save this.
  15. Stella Maris Coal Mine
    Stella Maris Coal Mine
    Looking from the end of the tipple towards the mine drift entrance.
  16.  Stella Maris Coal Mine
    Stella Maris Coal Mine
    We located the switch throw in the brush. We saved this as well.
  17.  Stella Maris Coal Mine
    Stella Maris Coal Mine
    With the sun setting we were running out of daylight quick.
  18.  Stella Maris Coal Mine
    Stella Maris Coal Mine
    The drift opening collapsed 20 feet in.
  19.  Stella Maris Coal Mine
    Stella Maris Coal Mine
    The tracks still leading underground.
  20.  Stella Maris Coal Mine
    Stella Maris Coal Mine
    The only noise to be heard was the water trickling from the mine itself.
  21.  Stella Maris Coal Mine
    Stella Maris Coal Mine
    Nothing like almost stepping on a snake walking to the fan shaft.
  22.  Stella Maris Coal Mine
    Stella Maris Coal Mine
    The fan still intact.
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    Stella Maris Coal Mine
    A family member from the former coal miner showing us the stacked stones that his grandfather once stacked to make the fan shaft.
  24.  Stella Maris Coal Mine
    Stella Maris Coal Mine
    A dynamite tamping rod used for a ground rod at the fan shaft.
  25.  Stella Maris Coal Mine
    Stella Maris Coal Mine
    Inside the stone fan shaft.
  26.  Stella Maris Coal Mine
    Stella Maris Coal Mine
    The mine camp was known for the family picnics during the summer.
  27.  Stella Maris Coal Mine
    Stella Maris Coal Mine
    More of the remains of the mining camp.
  28.  Stella Maris Coal Mine
    Stella Maris Coal Mine
    A car just left behind at the mine camp.
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    Stella Maris Coal Mine
    One last walk through the tipple we found a few coal auger bits.
  30.  Stella Maris Coal Mine
    Stella Maris Coal Mine
    The mine car was just amazing. The family is keeping this one BUT........standby
  31.  Stella Maris Coal Mine
    Stella Maris Coal Mine
    Loaded down including the flat car buggy that once transported a coal drill cutting machine.
  32.  Stella Maris Coal Mine
    Stella Maris Coal Mine
    We had a mine car from this mine already and did not know its origin.