Kelly Station is located in Bethel Township, Armstrong County and sits along the Allegheny River. The mine and coke works dates back to 1904 when Joseph C. Reed of Meyersdale purchased 320 acres of coal land at Kelly Station on top of 500 acres he previously owned. The coke works contained 25 ovens. All 25 ovens are still intact although a few are just about gone. I have been unable to find information on when the complex closed. These are the only ovens I've located in Armstrong County and I also found two mine entries on the hill above the coke ovens.
The ovens are located along an active rail line that was previously part of the Armstrong Rail Trail. This is the first case I've ever heard of a rail trail being converted back to a railroad. Currently the rail line is owned by The Kiski Junction Railroad and offers scenic passenger rides as well as hauling coal for Rosebud Mining Company's active mines on the line, as well as other local industries. Originally this line was the Buffalo & Allegheny Valley Railroad.
|A view from across the tracks.|
|I like the way this tree is growing on top of the oven.|
|This is one of the ovens that almost completely gone.|
|Side of the bank.|
|Inside through the trunnel hole.|
|Some of the floor tile.|
|Massive cracks running down the side. All of the ovens are this red in color on the inside.|
|One of the entries I found.|
|The other one.|
|An old pipe laying on the ground may have been part of the quenching system.|