Back in the 1960 & 70's the Hereda Hotel was a booming place for Country Music in Western Pennsylvania. Bands like Howard Volks & the Country Boys would play there on Friday or Saturday nights. Howard was the King of Country Music in Pennsylvania back in the day, backed up by John Drolles on pedal steel guitar, Sammy Hummel on fiddle, Bob Rose on bass and my dad George Henderson on drums, you could jam to sounds of Orange Blossom Special, The Wabash Cannonball Faded Love, Oh Lonesome Me and a bunch of other Country hits as well as some of Howard's original music. The Hereda Hotel is located in the town of Kinlock, PA, just outside of New Kensington. Kinlock was a mining town. The first mine opened in 1910. The Valley Camp Coal Company employed 300 miners and produced 420,000 tons of coal a year from the 72" thick Freeport Coal Seam.
During the WWI, Valley Camp Coal Company opened a second mine and constructed company housing, an office building, and a company store. The mine was named the Kinlock Mine and company town was named Kinlock after the company's first superintendent Harry E. Kinlock. The Kinlock Mine had a slope entry and a shaft entry and was situated on the Freeport Coal Seam.
On February 20, 1928 a fatal gas explosion at the Kinlock Mine killed 12 miners. The Kinlock Mine was reopened shortly after this mining disaster.
On March 21, 1929 the Kinlock Mine was the site of another fatal gas explosion that killed forty-six miners. The coal company reopened the Kinlock Mine after this mining disaster.
By the early 1930's the mine was producing more than 100,000 tons of coal per year. The Kinlock Mine never achived the production levels it had reached prior to the 1929 explosion and the company ceased operations at the Kinlock Mine ca.1935.
The Valley Camp Coal Company pay station became the Hereda's Bar and the community center the Hereda's Hotel.
Much of this information was gathered from the Virtual Museum of Coal Mining in Western website: Pennsylvania[link]