Historic Dawson


Dawson is a quaint little village along the Youghiogheny River that saw its peak during the heyday of the Coal and Coke Era. Here you can get a glimpse of the opulence of the Coal and Coke Era by visiting the former residences of coal barons, including that of "Little Jim Cochran," now a bed and breakfast. "Little Jim" was the pioneer and prototype of all the coal and coke barons. Along with a brother and uncle, he made the first commercial sale of coke outside this region, floating two boatloads down the rivers to Cincinnati in 1843 and selling it for seven cents a bushel. He developed mines and cokeyards in his native Dawson area and became the largest operator of the early boom times when he built the Washington Run (Star junction) mine with 999 coke ovens. He was the father of Philip Cochran, whose wife Sarah built Linden Hall and the Philip G. Cochran Memorial Methodist Church. Tours daily 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. phone 724-529-2368. Main and Railroad Streets.

National Bank Historic Room A collection of photos and maps of Dawson area from the turn of the century until the present. Located in Bank and open to visitors daily 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Phone 529-2933. Main Street (Route 819).

The Cochran House 12-room Victorian Style house being refurbished for use as a Bed and Breakfast Inn. Former home of James Cochran's brother, William. Reservations only. Tours available. Phone 724-529-2726 or 724-438-8711. Railroad and Griscom Streets.

Phillip G. Cochran Memorial Methodist Church Built in 1927 at a cost of about $325,000 in memory of Phillip and James Cochran, this gothic sanctuary and social auditorium, made of Beaver and Indiana County limestone, features hand made tile in the nave, stained glass windows by Henry Hunt, a copy of the Sistine Madonna by L. Sturn, and a pipe organ especially designed for it. It is a National Register site. Howell and Griscom Streets.







Directions From the Inne at watsons Choice
Turn right to merge onto US-119 N/US-40 W
Continue to follow US-119 N 3.3 mi
Take the exit toward Gallatin Ave 0.1 mi
Follow Bute Rd to W Crawford Ave in Dunbar Township 7 min (4.7 mi)
Turn left onto Bute Rd/Sr1051 Continue to follow Bute Rd 2.4 mi
Continue onto T656 200 ft Slight right onto Bute Rd 2.3 mi
Slight right onto W Crawford Ave 3 min (2.4 mi)
Follow Leisenring Vanderbilt Rd to Main St in Vanderbilt 5 min (2.9 mi)
Turn left onto Leisenring Vanderbilt Rd 2.1 mi
Turn right to stay on Leisenring Vanderbilt Rd 0.8 mi
Turn left onto Liberty St 23 ft
Take PA-819 N to Main St in Dawson 4 min (1.5 mi)
Turn right onto Main St 0.3 mi
Slight left onto PA-819 N/Dawson Rd
Continue to follow PA-819 N 0.5 mi
Turn left to stay on PA-819 N 0.7 mi
Turn left onto Main St 436 ft Dawson, PA

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  While you're in the area, you might check out these attractions.

Linden Hall
Historic Perryopolis
Historic Connellsville
West Overton Museums
Youghiogheny River Trail
Coal & Coke Heritage Center (Patch/Work Voices)
Opulence of the Coal and Coke Era



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Village of Balsinger
Uniontown, Pa 15401

Bill and Nancy Ross
Inn Keepers



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