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  • Coke ovens
    Coke ovens
    by grandmaR
  • Sign about the coke ovens
    Sign about the coke ovens
    by grandmaR
  • Old railroad bridge in Connellsville, PA
    Old railroad bridge in Connellsville, PA
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  • by Potat0zilla Updated Jan 26, 2011

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    Great place to go if you are into skiing, snowboarding, snowtubing, or just great restaurants and nightlife.

    Even if you're not into snowsports, Seven Springs is worth the trip for the scenery alone.

    For the snowsports enthusiast however, Seven Springs offers a lot:

    -has six terrain parks of varying difficulty and progression and more than 50 features in all. The resort’s hard work and dedication towards these efforts have been nationally recognized for two consecutive years including the 2010-2011 selection as the #1 parks and #1 pipe on the East Coast!
    -40 different slopes, trails, bypasses, and glades. All of these can be found on their website, and they range from easy to expert.

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    • Adventure Travel
    • Skiing and Boarding

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    by grandmaR Updated Aug 7, 2009

    Favorite thing: After Bob graduated from the Naval Academy, we married and I graduated from Oberlin, we drove back to a friend's wedding in the Virginia suburbs of D.C. On the way we stopped at Fort Necessity, and we also saw this series of holes in the hillside.

    There was a roadside sign which explained that these were coke ovens. I have not been back to see if the coke ovens are still visible from the road. The sign says:


    The bee-hive ovens nearby are typical of the region. Coke was first made from coal near Connellsville in this type oven about 1840. Since 1870 use of coke has been vital to steel making.

    Fondest memory: The first successful beehive oven was built near the home of Zachariah Connell who was the founder of the city. The coke region ultimately stretched 21 miles in either direction - north and south. An article taken from the Sesquicentennial Souvenir Program published in 1956 said, "In 1905 the region produced an amount of coke, which, if loaded on railroad freight cars, would have made a train so long the engine in front would have gone from Connellsville to San Francisco and back before the caboose had moved from the starting point!"

    Connellsville coke was eighty-nine percent composed of carbon, a major source of heat, and the undesireable sulphur was only one percent.

    Coke ovens Sign about the coke ovens
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    • Historical Travel

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