Bradenville, Pennsylvania

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Bradenville, Pennsylvania
Houses on High Street
Houses on High Street
Bradenville, Pennsylvania is located in Pennsylvania
Bradenville, Pennsylvania
Bradenville, Pennsylvania
Location within the state of Pennsylvania
Coordinates: 40°19′17″N 79°20′24″W / 40.32139°N 79.34000°W / 40.32139; -79.34000Coordinates: 40°19′17″N 79°20′24″W / 40.32139°N 79.34000°W / 40.32139; -79.34000
CountryUnited States
StatePennsylvania
CountyWestmoreland
Elevation
1,099 ft (335 m)
Population
 • Total396
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
15620
GNIS feature ID1170128[1]

Bradenville is a Census-designated place and coal town in Derry Township in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, United States. The community is located within 2 miles of the city of Latrobe and 3 miles from the borough of Derry, Pennsylvania. It has a total area of 0.4 miles.[2] Bradenville has its own post office with zip code 15620.[3]

Demographics[edit]

According to 2018 estimates, Bradenville has 396 residents. The estimated median household income is $38,551, compared to the national average of $61,937. The estimated poverty rate is 26.3%, compared to the national average of 13.1%. 100% of Bradenville residents are white, and 85.6% are high school graduates or higher.[4]

History[edit]

The town was originally called St. Clair City. Served by the Pennsylvania Railroad, it supported coal mining and coking operations beginning in 1886, operated under the names St. Clair Mine & Coke Works, Bradenville Mine & Coke Works and Duquesne Mine & Coke Works.[5] Mathias W. Saxman's Bradenville Mine & Coke Works built about 40 company houses and a store in the town around 1914. By 1915, its Bradenville Mine employed 195 persons, produced over 110,000 tons of coal and operated 194 beehive coke ovens. The Bradenville Mine ceased operations in 1951. Researchers in 1994 found that while the store (see Gallery section) and company houses survived, no mine structures remained.[6]

Mine subsidence[edit]

There were 17 mine subsidence events in Bradenville over the approximately 20 years prior to 2018. Mine subsidence can occur when the ground above an underground (often abandoned) mine collapses into the mine cavity below. This creates the potential for structural damage to surface infrastructure such as homes, buildings and roads. Bradenville's subsidence problems are believed to be related to the Derry No. 1 Deep Mine[7] owned by Marcus W. Saxman's[8]Latrobe-Connellsville Coal & Coke Company, which mined the area beneath the town. In 2020, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection began a $5.8 million project to stabilize about 150 homes in the town affected by this problem.[9]

Stabilizing houses damaged by mine subsidence

See also[edit]

Petrarca, J. A. News release. More than 100 Bradenville homes to be protected against future mine subsidence. May 9, 2018.

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Bradenville, Pennsylvania
  2. ^ "Bradenville CDP, Pennsylvania". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 7 March 2020.
  3. ^ "PO Locator". US Postal Service. Retrieved 8 March 2020.
  4. ^ "2018 American Community Survey, 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 7 March 2020.
  5. ^ Washlaski, Raymond A. "DERRY TWP. MINES. History of the Coal Mines & Coke Works of Derry Township, Westmoreland County, PA". pp. 15–16. Retrieved 7 March 2020.
  6. ^ Muller, Edward K. and Carlisle, Ronald C. "WESTMORELAND COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA: An Inventory of Historic Engineering and Industrial Sites. Washington, D.C.: National Park Service". U.S. Department of the Interior. pp. 31–34. Retrieved 7 March 2020.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  7. ^ Huba, Stephen (7 July 2018). "Plan is aimed at stopping Bradenville mine subsidence". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved 7 March 2020.
  8. ^ "The Book of Prominent Pennsylvanians". Leader Publishing Company. 1913. p. 5. Retrieved 8 March 2020.
  9. ^ Cammuso, Nick. "Bradenville mine subsidence project underway; may take up to a year" (Volume 118 - No. 66). Latrobe Bulletin. Retrieved 5 March 2020.