Abraham Kirkpatrick Lewis
|Abraham Kirkpatrick Lewis|
|Born||August 24, 1815|
|Died||November 10, 1860(aged 45)|
|Residence||Mt. Washington, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania|
|Other names||Kirk Lewis|
|Alma mater||Kenyon College|
|Known for||Kirk Lewis Incline|
|Parents||Joel Lewis, M.D., Mary Ann Kirkpatrick|
Abraham Kirkpatrick Lewis was a pioneer coal miner in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His namesake was his grandfather, Abraham Kirkpatrick, a colleague of General John Neville. He graduated from Kenyon College, Ohio, in 1835. Although he studied medicine and law, he made his living in the coal industry. With William Philpot and John M.Snowden, Jr., he was the first to establish a market and furnish a regular supply of Pittsburgh coal to New Orleans, transporting the coal on flatboats.
Kirk Lewis Incline
|Kirk Lewis Coal Incline|
|Dates of operation||1854–|
The Kirk Lewis incline was used to transport coal from "Coal Hill", now known as Mt. Washington, to the Monongahela River. It has been described as the first incline in Pittsburgh. It was probably built by George W. Roberts, Sr., the superintendent of his mines, who was known to have built many coal inclines in the area, including those at Elizabeth, Pennsylvania.
- Bigham, Kirk Q. (1911). Major Abraham Kirkpatrick and his descendents. Pittsburgh, PA. pp. 38–41.
- Coal Ridge Mine (Report of progress ..., Part 1 (Google eBook) ed.). p. 188.
- Cushing, Thomas (1889). A genealogical and biographical history of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.