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Historical designation the goal for uncovered Export mine entrance

Patrick Varine
Patrick Varine | Tribune-Review
Above, the former entrance to the Westmoreland Coal Company’s No. 2 mine in Export, behind District Court 10-3-02 on Washington Avenue. For his Eagle Scout Project, Troy Florian recruited fellow scouts and worked with the borough’s maintenance contractor to clear weeds and exacavate the entrance, which was filled with stone when the mine closed. A pathway and informational sign will also be installed.
Patrick Varine | Tribune-Review
Above, from the left, Todd Rhea, Tim Florian, Jacob Aceves, Liam Rhea, Troy Florian, Noah Rhea, James Mitchell, Benjamin Poole and A.J. Reau from Boy Scout Troop 205 in Murrysville. As part of Troy Florian’s Eagle Scout project, the group cleared the former entrance to the Westmoreland Coal Company’s No. 2 mine near District Court 10-3-02 in Export.
Patrick Varine | Tribune-Review
Above, the entrance to the former Westmoreland Coal Company’s No. 2 mine in Export. Local Scout Troy Florian, 16, of Murrysville, above, organized a group to clear the entrance as part of his Eagle project.

After a local Boy Scout got the project going, Export Historical Society officials now are looking to designate the former Westmoreland Coal Company’s No. 2 mine as a historical site.

Troy Florian, 17, of Murrysville, is a member of Troop 205, which helped him clear the entrance to the mine, the first major mine on the Turtle Creek Branch of the Pennsylvania Railroad. The borough’s first mines opened in October 1892 to ship coal to Philadelphia and New York.

Florian, a senior at Franklin Regional, made the mine his Eagle Scout project, and was presented with his Eagle rank at an Aug. 24 ceremony at Newlonsburg Presbyterian Church.

He took the lead in organizing scouts and adult volunteers to help expose and clean the No. 2 mine entrance, clearing brush, digging out the upper portion of the mine portals and creating a small path and retaining wall.

Historical society members are in contact with an engineer “who is going to prepare a report about the site,” society member Melanie Litz said. “We’re also acquiring an estimate from a contractor to construct a wall to permanently seal it up.”

Litz said the goal is to preserve and designate the area as an historical site, and to place signage outside detailing the borough’s coal mining history.

In September 2017, borough officials used a grant from the Community Foundation of Murrysville, Export and Delmont to install an informational sign nearby, at the entrance to the No. 2 mine’s fan house.

Patrick Varine is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Patrick at 724-850-2862, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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