There were 43 coke ovens located at the Jimtown mine. This was the only coking operation in Penn Township. These ovens last appeared on county tax lists in 1900. In 1908 the official name of the Jimtown Mine became Penn Manor No. 1.
The beginning of the mine and coke works dates back to 1884 when Thomas Moore acquired 470 acres of coal lands between Manor and Harrison City. Moore had a 98% interest in the New York and Westmoreland Gas Coal Company which was formed the same year. In late summer 1889 the properties of the company were conveyed by sheriff sale to F.L. Stephenson. On August 1, 1895, Stephenson along with co-partner George I. Whitney sold the property and mineral rights for $527,000 to the Penn Manor Shaft Company. The PMSC was formed in 1894 by Greensburg and Latrobe interests. At this time the assets at Jimtown included both shaft and slope entries, a tipple, farm house, blacksmith shop, brick engine house, brick boiler house as well as the engines and boilers for operating the mine. The coke works, which date back to the New York and Westmoreland era, were probably included as well.
Penn Manor sold its interests on November 2, 1903 to the Pittsburgh and Westmoreland Coal Company. A few years later P&WCC became simply Pittsburgh-Westmoreland Coal. After operating the mine for a decade Pittsburgh-Westmoreland sold it to the Union Coal Company. Eventually other mines of the Union Coal Company would be transferred back to Pittsburgh-Westmoreland Coal but by 1923 the Jimtown mine had ceased operations.
|Old pieces of steel rail.|
|This is a big pile of pipes that were part of the system used to quench the coke before unloading the ovens.|
|Looking down the old Manor Valley Branch of the Pennsylvania Railroad.|
|Old supports for a railroad bridge that once crossed Bushy Run.|
|One of the big steel sides from the bridge.|
|More bridge ruins.|
|The other side of the bridge.|