Coke and Hollywood
In Pennsylvania, United States
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This cache is part of the “DCNR - Legacy of Conservation” Geocaching Trail (see “Related Web Page” link above). Collect all the Pennsylvania Legacy of Conservation cards – one from each of the 30 caches in the trail – and show them all at one of the validation centers to receive a Legacy of Conservation geocoin (non-trackable). This geotrail will be archived on June 30, 2013.
Please park along the access road at the coordinates provided - this will keep you on DCNR property. Please do not park on private property. Coke and Hollywood – not what you’re thinking perhaps. You will be visiting the site of what was once a very large industry – coke manufacturing, which was needed historically for the making of steel. Coke is, to put it simply, making charcoal out of coal instead of wood. The process between the two was much the same – place the fuel in a large mound, light a fire on it, and then starve it for oxygen. Coke ovens were built in such a way as to keep up a continual process of making the product. Every other oven was fired at the same time, allowing those that had completed their burn to have the coke removed through the steel doors (now removed) to the rail cars that ran in the “canals” between the oven rows (watch your step). The now-empty ovens maintained their temperature from the heat of the adjacent ovens, keeping the bricks from cracking. The ovens were then re-loaded from the top with coal and the process was repeated. Hollywood, PA is on the other side of the creek to the west, where a major project to clean up the AMD (Acid Mine Drainage) that is polluting the Susquehanna River is soon to begin. The water seeping from 23 old coal mines that have been causing pollution for many years will soon be directed through a facility that will clean the waters and stop the pollution. The historic manufacture of coke 100 years ago caused the pollution and the present (future) Hollywood AMD project will clean it up. Perhaps not the connection you were thinking of at first – based on the cache name, but an important step in the stewardship of the state’s natural resources. CAUTION: Please do not enter the ovens or climb on top of them – they are not entirely stable.
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Tyler Coke Ovens 1900
Historic photo of Tyler Coke Ovens in operation.
Last Updated: on 5/24/2013 3:36:34 PM Pacific Daylight Time (10:36 PM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum