Star Junction, Pennsylvania

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Star Junction, Pennsylvania
Census-designated place
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Fayette
Township Perry
Elevation 981 ft (299 m)
Coordinates 40°3′45″N 79°45′49″W / 40.06250°N 79.76361°W / 40.06250; -79.76361Coordinates: 40°3′45″N 79°45′49″W / 40.06250°N 79.76361°W / 40.06250; -79.76361
Area 1.21 sq mi (3 km2)
 - land 1.19 sq mi (3 km2)
 - water 0.02 sq mi (0 km2)
Population 616 (2010)
Density 518.5/sq mi (200/km2)
Established 1893
Timezone EST (UTC-4)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-5)
Postal code 15482
Area code 724
Location of Star Junction in Pennsylvania
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Star Junction Historic District
Star Junction, Pennsylvania is located in Pennsylvania
Star Junction, Pennsylvania
Star Junction, Pennsylvania is located in the US
Star Junction, Pennsylvania
Location Roughly the jct. of PA 51 and PA 4036, including Post Office Rd., Church St., PA 532, and Old Ridge Rd., Perry Township, Fayette County, Pennsylvania
Coordinates 40°3′42″N 79°45′43″W / 40.06167°N 79.76194°W / 40.06167; -79.76194
Built 1892
Architect Washington Coal and Coke
Architectural style Company built miner's duplex
MPS Bituminous Coal and Coke Resources of Pennsylvania MPS
NRHP reference #


Added to NRHP October 24, 1997

Star Junction is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in Perry Township, Fayette County, Pennsylvania, United States. [2] The community is located on Pennsylvania Route 51. At the 2010 census, the population was 616.[3]


Star Junction was founded in 1893, when the Washington No. 2 Mine was opened by the Washington Coal and Coke Company.[4] It is so-named because it was once the site of a railroad depot, the end of the line for the Washington Run Railroad. Star Junction was once a coal mining center, with beehive ovens for coke manufacture and a foundry. It was the site of labor unrest, including the walkout of 4,500 miners in 1922.[5] Although the company store and mines are long gone, the "patch" (the groups of company houses) still remains and houses many residents. This area was added to the "Determined Eligible List" of the Bureau of Historic Preservation, as an example of a typical coal town,[6] and has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

John Kundla (1916-2017), educator and college/professional basketball coach, was born in Star Junction.[7]


Star Junction is in northwestern Fayette County, in the southwest part of Perry Township. Via PA 51 it is 2 miles (3 km) north to Perryopolis and 13 miles (21 km) south to Uniontown, the county seat.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Star Junction CDP has a total area of 1.2 square miles (3.1 km2), of which 0.02 square miles (0.04 km2), or 1.42%, is water.[3]


Star Junction is served by the Frazier School District.


  1. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "Star Junction, Pennsylvania". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  3. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001), Star Junction CDP, Pennsylvania". American FactFinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved July 27, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Star Junction". Retrieved June 18, 2008. 
  5. ^ "Idle Miners Stone Maintenance Men" Check |url= value (help). New York Times. May 20, 1922. Retrieved June 28, 2008. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Coal Patch Towns". Retrieved June 28, 2008. [permanent dead link]
  7. ^ 'John Kundla, former Minneapolis Lakers coach and Basketball Hall of Famer, dies at 101,' Minneapolis Star-Tribune,' Joel Rippel, July 23, 2017

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