Coke Ovens

SE of Wilkeson at RR tracks, Wilkeson, Washington

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Wilkeson Coke Ovens

Looking South

Photo taken by K. A. Erickson in August 2010

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Description 

Coal was discovered in this region in 1862 but eleven years would pass before commercial mining began. In 1885 the first of 160, 12-foot high brick ovens were built to turn coal into coke. For the next 50 years Wilkeson was the sole producer of coke in the Northwest. - Discover Historic Washington State p. 311

In 1970 Northern Pacific, who had obtained rights to the ovens, decided to demolish them and sell the pieces as salvage. Before historians could put an end to this 130 had been destroyed. Those that still stood where placed on the National Register. Time and vandals since have taken their toll and few are still in pristine condition.

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on June 10, 1974
Reference number
74001976
Areas of significance
Industry; Commerce; Engineering
Level of significance
National
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Structure
Historic function
Manufacturing facility
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1875-1899
Significant years
1885; 1916
Number of properties
Contributing structures: 30

Update Log 

  • October 6, 2016: New Street View added by Bill Eichelberger
  • August 17, 2010: New photos from K. A. Erickson

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