Pittsburgh Coal Company

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Not to be confused with Pittsburg & Midway Coal Company.

The Pittsburgh Coal Company was a bituminous coal mining company based in Pittsburgh and controlled by the Mellon family. It later merged with Consolidation Coal Company, controlled by the Rockefeller family.

Coal mines[edit]

Pittsburgh Coal ran numerous coal mines in Allegheny County during the early 20th century. In 1915, it merged with the Monongahela River Consolidated Coal and Coke Company. It operated the Darr Mine in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.

Railroads[edit]

The company operated the Coal Hill Coal Railroad, a 1.5-mile (2.4 km), 3 ft 4 in (1,016 mm) narrow gauge railroad until 1871, when it was sold to the Pittsburgh and Castle Shannon Railroad, which lengthened the line.[1] The company assumed control of the Montour Railroad in 1901.

Labor relations[edit]

Pittsburgh Coal paid compensation in the death of John Barkoski due to a beating by the Coal and Iron Police.[2]

The company was involved in labor disputes with John L. Lewis and the United Mine Workers.[3][4]

According to A. E. Hotchner's memoir, King of the Hill, the Pittsburgh Coal Company shot and killed photographer McShane. He apparently attempted to take pictures of the miners in Duquesne, Pennsylvania for a magazine. The company first shot McShane, and then shot some miners who ran to his aid, using machine guns.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pittsburgh and Castle Shannon Railroad HAER no. PA-410". Retrieved 2009-01-02. 
  2. ^ O'Conner, Harvey (1933). Mellon's Millions: The Biography of a Fortune. The John Day company. p. 225. OCLC 634189. 
  3. ^ Ingham, John N. Biographical Dictionary of American Business Leaders. Greenwood Press, Westport, 1983. ISBN 0-313-23908-8.
  4. ^ "MINERS WIN LAST SOFT COAL STRONGHOLD; Pittsburgh Coal Company, Production 24,000,000 Tons Yearly, Signs Cleveland Agreement" (PDF). New York Times. 1922-08-31. Retrieved May 2, 2009.