Re: Hopper and gons, Monongah No 8 Mine, Fairmont Coal Company, WV 1907

CJ Riley

I must dispute the comment about these not being beehive ovens. They are identical to the freestanding beehive ovens, just buried for heat retention and operational reasons. They were still called beehives. I have seen photos of families living in abandoned ovens and the domed shape is clear. I have a book called, “ The Beehive Coke Ovens of Western Penna.”

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