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Left, Burton Hampson
Right, Charles Mountain
Cortez Coal Company in Cortez, was located on old Rt. 236 (Knoxdale Rd.) between Anita and Knoxdale.
Photo taken abt 1910-1920.
The Hampson family operated the Cortez Coal Company and built the tipple that crossed the road from one side of the valley to the other. Remnants of the stone abutments are still visible.
The train tracks were built by the Rochester and Pittsburgh Coal Co., who purchased the coal that was mined there and shipped it to Pittsburgh to be used in the iron and cokes mills.
The mine was in operation from 1901 until about 1930.
The property is still proudly owned by Hampson family descendants.
Submitted by Marianne Fisher, great great granddaughter of the original owner of the Cortez Coal Company and great grand niece of Burton Hampson