We had ( 6 ) bikes show up this morning for a ride down to Dunlap, Tennesssee .Most of us had been to the Tree Toppers before however none of us had seen Coke Oven Park. Pretty cool place to check out.
The Dunlap coke ovens are the remnants of a coke production facility near Dunlap, in the U.S. state of Tennessee. Built in the early 1900s, the facility consists of five batteries of 268 beehive ovens, which operated under various companies until the early 1920s. The ovens are now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and are maintained by the Sequatchie Valley Historical Society as part of Dunlap Coke Ovens Park.
The rise of the steel industry during the Industrial Revolution brought about an exponential increase in the demand for coke, a fuel derived from the carbonization of coal that was used primarily in the production of pig iron. The Dunlap coke facility, which converted coal mined atop Fredonia Mountain into coke for use in blast furnaces in nearby Chattanooga, brought drastic change and modernization to Dunlap and the central Sequatchie Valley, the economy of which had long been based on subsistence agriculture. While the ovens themselves are all that remain from Dunlap's coke production operations, the Sequatchie Valley Historical Society has redeveloped the coke ovens area into a substantial public park and museum.
The ovens themselves are 12 feet in diameter, with sandstone exteriors and firebrick interiors. Each oven has an opening at the top and a "window" on the side. In the early 1900s, railroad tracks ran across the top of each battery. An incline railway connected the ovens to a coal mine further up the mountain slope, and railroad cars would carry coal from the mine to the tops of the batteries and dump the coal into the ovens' top openings.
During the coking process, a laborer would level the deposited coal through the side window using a scaper. Once the coal was ready, the side window would be sealed with clay, leaving a 1-inch opening to allow the entry of air. The process, which essentially involves heating bituminous coal in a closed chamber to remove its volatile material, took about 72 hours. At the end of the process, the clay seal was broken, and the coke was removed and placed on a train for shipment to an iron furnace in Chattanooga. Two tons of coal typically produced one ton of coke.
After leaving the Coke Ovens we had lunch then rode to the top of the mountain hoping to see someone Hang Gliding but no one was there but us and none of us had a kite to strap to our arse and jump off the mountain<<< Thats a good thing :cooldude:
If you would like to read the history on the Radial Ramp click the link http://www.tennesseetreetoppers.org/
This was a cool place on the way up the mountain it's call Window Rock. Big Al had to do some trail ridin' to get his bike down to it.
I like this one
Wonder why they call it Window Rock
" The Money Shot " taken at Tennessee Tree Toppers. We did a click over 250 miles today mostly on backroads . Great group of riders to share the wind with .