Group Aims to Revive Dunbar Borough Coke Ovens

June 19, 2015 Trib Total Media
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FedEx driver Scott Dunn delivered good news to Dunbar Borough this week — but it wasn’t the boxes and envelopes he typically handles. It was about the impending restoration of several coke ovens along the Sheepskin Trail.

Although there remain many coke oven relics in Southwestern Pennsylvania, Dunbar is in a unique situation: the borough owns the ovens that once upon a time made the hard, pearl-white coke that was fuel for the region’s steel mills.

Many living in Fayette and Westmoreland counties have heard about the coal and coke boom that lasted in the region from the late 1800s until the mid-20th century. Coke was made by heating coal with the absence of air until volatile components disappeared, a process that made it easier to produce steel more efficiently…

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