Thursday, May 30, 2013

Two old Monongahela Railroad stone arch bridges outside of Brownsville.

This is the first of the bridges. If you cross this bridge over Dunlap Creek and follow the old rail line it takes you to the other one (eventually).

An old sealed mine portal we came across.

Inside of the mine portal.

This is the second bridge. The Century Coke Works ovens are  around here somewhere but as you can see everything is all grown in. We were unable to find them.



  1. We were just there. The Coke ovens are on the other side of Dunlap creek. We actually saw the when we climbed on the bridge. You can see the cutout for the rail way. It is on the top of a hill. There must have been a separate trac that went over to the Coke ovens. We will try to get to them next year. There also must have been another bridge between the two stone arch bridges. There is a valley with a dirt road that had to be crossed.
    The Coke ovens looked in great shape.

    1. Great! I knew they were back there somewhere. The last time I was there it was in the middle of summer. It was hard to see much.

  2. I grew up playing on the arches and coke ovens along the creek in the 50s ...and later worked the Dunlap Creek branch as a locomotive fireman..century arch was known as 3rd arch...and looking across it from the patch side is where the coke ovens are...there was an old spur that branched off for the ovens and dead ended at the last oven..some of the ovens were renovated into housing by homeless men and vets from WW2 with what we know now as ptsd...the main branch continued on thru Republic Pa crossed New Salem rd and under rte 21 and connected with the B&O at Leckrone Pa. at a wye..then it continued down Browns run near Masontown to the Monongahela river where it entered the northbound main back to Brownsville...I worked the last run before it was abandoned around 1972...