Little is known about the Marthabel Coke Works. There is no mention of them in any of the major books about the Connellsville Coke Region. The only references we have appear in Department Of Mines reports and some trade journals. There is no mention of them that I have been able to find after 1916.
What we do know is, there were 40 ovens and they were operated by the Northern Connellsville Coke Company. We also know all officers of the NCCC were located in Connellsville.
Today, other than bricks in the ground, there are only traces of two of the forty ovens remaining. Somebody takes care of what's left. The ground around the two ovens is well kept. After looking around back there, it looks like the bank still does exist but is buried. The two ovens remaining appear to be the two of the last in the bank. The bank runs south from there and is buried under heavy vegetation.
Regardless, it's still nice to find remnants of coke ovens in Greensburg.
|This is it. The only remaining evidence of coke ovens in Greensburg that I'm aware of.|
|Some bricks laying around. I wasn't disturbing them. Somebody takes care of this area.|
|Evidence of a buried oven.|