September 29. 2005
Mid 1990s views of the Keyhoe-Berg shaft in Duryea, just on the other side of the Lackawanna River. This structure has been removed and now a cell tower is in the area near where this shaft once was.
Added November 16, 2008:
Carl Orechovsky from Oldforgecoalmine.com says :
My uncle and mother used to play in this stucture when they were younger. They always told me it was a mine shaft. My uncle told me it was a filled in air shaft.
It is very possible that this was a standpipe to water the Steam Locomotives
If my memory serves me the Lehigh Valley had a branch that ran to service the Sibley Breaker. Sometimes it is called the Connell Branch or the Sibley Branch
Also O&W train ran over this branch. I think they had trackage rights, but the traffic was sparse. See Ed Miller's Trackside Around Scranton
It is a very interesting old concrete structure. Also if interest is the coaling tower at Coxton (Pittston) Yard.