Becks Run

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Becks Run
Origin Becks Run Road at East Agnew Avenue
Mouth Monongahela River
Length 2.82 mi (4.54 km)

Becks Run is a tributary of the Monongahela River. As an urban stream, it is heavily polluted, receiving combined sewer outflow from Carrick (Pittsburgh)[1] and Mount Oliver, Pennsylvania. There is a waterfall on a tributary, just downstream from a slate dump, near the intersection of Wagner Avenue and Mountain Avenue. There were coal mines along the stream, including Becks Run #2, owned by the estate of James H. Hays,[2] served by an incline and the H.B. Hays and Brothers Coal Railroad. Other mines at various times were operated by the Birmingham Coal Company, H.G. Burghman, Jones & Laughlin, and the Monongahela River Consolidated Coal and Coke Company.[3][4] It is the namesake of the Pittsburgh and Beck's Run Railroad (1877-1880), which ran from the Smithfield Street Bridge to the Jones and Laughlin Iron Works, and was absorbed by the P&LE Railroad.

A former town, located where Becks Run enters the Monongahela, was also named Becks Run.


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  2. "Lower St. Clair Township History". Retrieved 2008-07-26.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Geological Survey of Pennsylvania 1886. 1887. pp. 175–176. Retrieved 2008-09-07.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Virtual Museum of Coal Mining in Western Pennsylvania


  • 1877 engraving of the mouth of Becks Run [1]
  • "Becks Run Tipple". Retrieved 2008-07-04.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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