BUCKEYE TIPPLE NO. 1

 

This is the Buckeye Tipple as first constructed in the mouth of the hollow (Buckeye Hollow) off Simmons Creek just north of Freeman, West Virginia. No one knows how the name Buckeye came about. Perhaps the hollow off Simmons Creek , where the tipple and mine were located, held that derviation prior to the mining activities. When Buckeye opened in 1886 it was the fifth coal mining operation in the area. The Buckeye Mine operation was the first to have coke ovens in West Virginia. The remains of some of these ovens are visible from Rt.52 near Buckeye Hollow. The "Number Three" coal seam at the Buckeye operation was about six feet high with the coal termed "clean and marketable". About two hundred miners and laborers were employed at the Buckeye Mine, producing some 100,000 tons of coal and 20,000 tons of coke annually. At the turn of the century the operation included two tipples, tenant houses, offices and the modern equipment that made the Buckeye Coal and Coke Company a very profitable coal mining operation.

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