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However, there are still concrete ruins scattered about: most hauntingly, a fire hydrant that sits forlornly along a creek bank at the edge of the former mine site, now a desolate coal-scarred field.

A pillar from the mine's tipple Forlorn fire hydrant
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A pillar from the mine’s tipple is one of the few remaining structures left from Mercoal’s past mining days.
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A long forgotten fire hydrant sits forlornly and alone on the site of Mercoal's long dismantled coal mine.
Old water pipe over creek
Water pipe clings to side of creek bank
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An old water pipe perilously hangs on to the side of a creek bank at Mercoal’s old mine site.
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Mercoal Pioneer Cemetery
An old water pipe from the old mine site stretches over a nearby creek running through the ghost town.
Outside the townsite, hidden in a forested area, is the pioneer cemetery, which has been subject to two restoration efforts in the past 25 years to preserve the two dozen identifiable grave sites. There are other former Mercoal residents buried in the Mountain Park cemetery.
Simple crosses mark the grave sites
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Mercoal’s pioneer graveyard has seen two restoration projects in the past 25 years.
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Most of the grave sites in the town’s pioneer cemetery are marked with just a simple cross.
Sign details restoration attempts
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A sign in front of Mercoal’s pioneer cemetery marks the restoration efforts at the site in 1975 and 1992. Although less than 25 graves have been officially marked, it’s believed there are many unknown ones inside the cemetery.
Mercoal Pioneer Cemetery
Mercoal Pioneer Cemetery
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An overview picture of Mercoal’s pioneer cemetery, carefully protected by a well built fence.
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Even though the cemetery is lovingly cared for by Mercoal’s remaining cottage residents, time and the elements have taken their toll on the site.
Mercoal Pioneer Cemetery
Mercoal Pioneer Cemetery
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Mercoal’s cottage residents now take care of the town’s pioneer cemetery.
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The town’s cemetery is located in a small forest just outside the townsite.