Digging Up Bones

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We woke this morning to rain and autumn winds whipping the trees. By lunchtime the rain had moved out for a brief recess. A friend of ours took me and my two brothers down by the river to what was once a coal patch of houses on the hill side. We were told we could find some old coke ovens still in tact up in the brush. As we drove slowly along the railroad tracks we scanned the wooded areas. Suddenly, through the trees, we saw some glimpses of holes in the side of the hill that looked like abandoned coke ovens. We waded through the weeds and brush and sure enough, there they were. The fronts were gone but the brick work inside was still holding it together. We actually crawled into the oven and took photos which you can see below. It was a great day for finding skeletons of the past.

Autumn wind and rain

Not enough to hinder us

Coke Ovens still there

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Photos: Dwight L. Roth

Coke ovens burning at night

Coke Ovens Burning in the early 1900s – Photo provided by Ed West

Frank Tassone suggested we do a Haikai challenge using either autumn or spring winds. Come join us at:  https://frankjtassone.com/2018/09/08/haikai-challenge-50-9-8-18-autumn-wind-aki-kaze-spring-wind-haru-kaze-rosh-hashanah-haiku-senryu-haibun-tanka-haiga-renga/

 

 

22 thoughts on “Digging Up Bones

  1. I wasn’t sure what you were talking about so I looked up Coke ovens. I’m still not quite sure I understand what the fuel was used for and why it was processed in that manor. Evidently Walston, PA had 475 ovens over a length of 2 km (1.25 miles). Their output reached 22,000 tons per month.
    A unique find and lesson – thank you.

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  2. Pingback: #Haikai Challenge #51 (9/15/18): Milky Way (amanogawa) #haiku #senryu #haibun #tanka #haiga #renga – Frank J. Tassone

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