Beehive coke ovens in the Connellsville coke district, circa 1890.
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A "bank" of "beehive" coke ovens in the Connellsville Coke District.

Credit: Courtesy of the Pennsylvania State Archives

The Connellsville seam, the most important of western Pennsylvania's three bituminous coal beds, contained the best coal in the country for the making coke that fueled Pennsylvania's iron and steel industries.

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