Henderson No 1. Mine
Read Bob Ciminel's report on the Henderson No 1 Mine.
1940 Montour timetable shows Henderson Siding at MP 27.79 with a
capacity of 65 cars. I believe this was the former National
Siding that was renamed after National No. 2 closed down.
Hendersonville station was listed at MP 28.22, not quite a half-mile
east of the siding.
The Henderson Mine had an interesting setup. The mine was west of the point where the southeasterly trending Cross Creek Syncline abruptly ended at the Nineveh Syncline, which trended northeast. The coal seam ranged from 760' MSL at the southeastern end of the mine to 800' MSL at the western edge of the workings. The mine was down in the valley of McPherson Creek, at around 1,000' MSL, which kept the workings fairly shallow (about 240' at the tipple).
No. 1 Mine was opened in 1914 at McPherson's Mill
(Hendersonville) and coincided with the completion of
the Mifflin Extension of the Montour Railroad. The mining
camp, built by the Henderson Coal Company to provide housing for the
miners, was named Hendersonville in honor of Mr. William Henderson, an
official of the company. The mine was eventually
purchased by the Pittsburgh Coal Company and operated into the 1950s.
Below is a map of the Henderson Mine. Marked are the locations of the Montour RR, the two shafts into the mine (the coal seam was at 760 feet above sea level here), and Morganza Road. Ground elevation at the intersection of Morganza Road and Georgetown Road is 998 feet above sea level, so the mine was around 230 feet deep.
More pictures of the Henderson Mine can be found here.