Coke ovens owned by the Henry Clay Frick Coke Company, Mount Pleasant, PA, circa 1890.
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Image of workers and the coke ovens.

Credit: Pennsylvania State Archives

Work in Pennsylvania's coke industry was low paying, back-breaking and dangerous. With more than 5,000 ovens and a production capacity of 8,750 tons a day, the Henry C. Frick Coke Company was the nation's leading producer of coke.

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