A Pyramid in Western Maryland?

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This past fall I went on a short photo drive through the small town of Lonaconing in Western, Md. Lonaconing is well known to area photographers as the location of an Lonaconing Silk Milll, where for a fee, photographers can photograph a historic silk mill that was closed in 1957. (please see more photos and text below)

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During my drive through the town I came upon this structure at the back of a town park. It looked like a pyramid. What was this I structure consisting of so many layers of masonry?

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Turns out it is known as the first coke furnace, whose operation was successful, erected in United States according to Wikipedia as well as noted in other sources.

It is an impressive structure that you can actually go into.

An added bonus for baseball fans, a monument to Hall of Fame pitcher Lefty Grove has also been placed in the park, shown below. Grove was born in Lonaconing an in many baseball circles is regarded as one of the best left handed pitchers of all time. weblefty

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