August 2017 Mine Disaster Anniversaries


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View the planets for this day1913
East Brookside
Mine Explosion
Tower City, PA
No. Killed - 20

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View the planets for this day1927
Clay No. 7
Mine Explosion
Clay, KY
No. Killed - 15

View the planets for this day1925
Dorrance
Mine Explosion
Wilkes-Barre, PA
No. Killed - 10

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View the planets for this day1917
West Kentucky 7
Mine Explosion
Clay, KY
No. Killed - 62

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View the planets for this day1934
Derby No. 3
Mine Explosion
Big Stone Gap, VA
No. Killed - 17

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View the planets for this day1902
Bowen
Mine Explosion
Bowen, CO
No. Killed - 13

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View the planets for this day1885
West End
Asphyxiation
Mocanaqua, PA
No. Killed - 10

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View the planets for this day1912
Abernant
Mine Explosion
Abernant, AL
No. Killed - 18

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View the planets for this day1923
Frontier No. 1
Mine Explosion
Kemmerer, WY
No. Killed - 99

View the planets for this day1871
Eagle Shaft
Mine Explosion
Pittston, PA
No. Killed - 17

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View the planets for this day1928
Irvona No. 3
Mine Explosion
Coalport, PA
No. Killed - 13

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View the planets for this day1919
Oakview
Mine Explosion
La Veta, CO
No. Killed - 18

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View the planets for this day1920
Mine No. 19
Mine Explosion
Degnan, OK
No. Killed - 10

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View the planets for this day1894
Franklin
Mine Fire
Franklin, WA
No. Killed - 37

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View the planets for this day1926
Clymer No. 1
Mine Explosion
Clymer, PA
No. Killed - 44

View the planets for this day1908
Hailey-Okla No. 1
Mine Fire
Haileyville, OK
No. Killed - 29

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View the planets for this day1922
Argonaut
Mine Fire
Jackson, CA
No. Killed - 47

View the planets for this day1963
Cane Creek
Mine Explosion
Moab, UT
No. Killed - 18

View the planets for this day1940
Bates No. 1
Mine Explosion
Bates, AR
No. Killed - 10

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View the planets for this day1943
Sayreton 2
Mine Explosion
Sayreton, AL
No. Killed - 28

View the planets for this day1918
Burnett
Mine Explosion
Burnett, WA
No. Killed - 12

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View the planets for this day1895
Sleepy Hollow
Mine Inundation
Sleepy Hollow, CO
No. Killed - 12

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View the planets for this day1915
Orenda
Mine Explosion
Boswell, PA
No. Killed - 19

View the planets for this day1921
Harco
Mine Explosion
Harrisburg, IL
No. Killed - 11

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Did You Know? The month of August has accounted for 66 mine disasters in which 806 miners were killed; 13 successful rescues (longest - 14 days); and the death of 36 rescuers in 8 incidents.

Successful Rescue Summary Rescuer Death Summary All August Mine Disasters

Successful Mine Rescues in August
1908 A fall of top rock occurred following an explosion in the Knickerbocker Colliery near Shenandoah, Pennsylvania.  Two miners died, but John Kuza, William Suso and Charles Cowley were rescued.  The three men were seriously injured.
1911 Rescuers worked for three days to free Joseph Clary, 32, from the White Oak Mine near Villa Heights, Missouri, where a cave-in had occurred on July 30.  Once a drill hole was large enough, a fried chicken dinner, water and whiskey were lowered to Clary along with a telephone from which he conversed with his family and rescuers.
1917 Thanks to the heroism of Frank Mattson, two miners who were overcome by smoke in the Lincoln mine fire at Virginia, Minnesota were rescued after an undisclosed period.  Mattson was lowered into the mine without a mask where he found Oscar Pakkala and Joe Reinshe.  Mattson found the victims near the flames and carried both of them to the surface.  All three were revived by a pulmotor.
West Kentucky No. 7 Mine Explosion, Clay, Kentucky — Forty six had been brought to the surface alive from the West Kentucky Coal Company's No. 7 mine explosion after an undisclosed period.  Of the rescued, 24 were uninjured.  The remainder were suffering from burns, none of which were said to be serious.
1921 Seven miners were rescued after an undisclosed period following an explosion in the Harco Coal Company mine near Harrisburg, Illinois.  The men were suffering from the affects of blackdamp and taken to local hospitals.
1923 Kemmerer Coal Company, Frontier No. 1 Mine Explosion — At 5 o'clock rescuers found a man lying in the main slope who was nearing death from inhalation of smoke and gas fumes.  He was revived by a pulmotor and brought to the surface, where he was taken to a hospital.  He was expected to recover.  A short time later, two men who had hidden in a remote corner of a room off the main slope were taken to the surface, apparently not suffering greatly from their entombment.  Another man, found further in along the main slope, showed signs of life when rescuers reached him, but when doctors attempted to revive him, it was found that he had died.
1926 Five miners were trapped for six days and seven nights by a cave-in at the Hudson Zinc and Spar Mine near Salem, Kentucky.  Rescuers worked through much difficulty to free the men who were mostly affected by the cold and their thirst.  The 5 rescued miners included Randolph Cobb, Roy James, George Catillo, U. B. Wilson, and Harry Watson.  Underground prayer meetings had caused conversion of last man, read the New York Times headline on August 12, 1926.  All were ready to die.  "If we are dead when you find us, we are saved," was written on their cloth caps.  Source documentExternal Link
1934 William Jones, 35, from Minersville, Pennsylvania was rescued from a rock slide in a Bootleg anthracite mine where he was trapped for more than 24 hours.  Source documentExternal Link
1936 Following a 72 hour entrapment in the burning Esry Mine near Moberly, Missouri, two of four men were rescued.  The deceased were Ed Stoner, one of the owners, and George Dameron.  The rescued men were Demmer Sexton and Jack McMann.
1963 David Fellin and Henry Throne were trapped for 14 days in the Sheppton Mine in the Pennsylvania anthracite coal region following a cave-in.  In the early hours of Tuesday, Aug. 27, 1963, first Throne, then Fellin was pulled from a depth of 330 feet to the surface wearing parachute harnesses and football helmets.  A third miner in the mine at the time, Lou Bova, was never recovered.   Vintage VideoExternal Link
Cane Creek Mine Explosion — Seven men erected a barricade in 3U drift.  Two of these men left the barricade and traveled to the shaft station where they were met by a rescue crew and brought to the surface 19 hours after the explosion.  The other five men remained behind the barricade and were rescued 50 hours after the explosion.
1968 Buried up to his waist in debris, Ervin Roark was rescued following a roof fall accident in the Amherst Coal Company’s No. 1 mine at Lundale, West Virginia.  Three other miners, Charlie Lowe, Enoc Tudor, and Emmett Copley, were recovered dead after 8 hours.  Source documentExternal Link
1991 70 miners were rescued after more than seven hours following a roof fall at the Consolidation Coal McElroy Mine near Moundsville, West Virginia.  The fall occurred when a mine car struck a roof support causing the collapse.  Rescuers lowed food and extra mine lamps to the trapped miners during their ordeal.  Source documentExternal Link

Rescuer Deaths in August
1913 East Brookside Mine Explosions, Tower City, Pennsylvania — Five miners met their death when they entered the East Brookside Anthracite Mine following an explosion there.  While attempting to rescue victims of the first blast, a second methane explosion occurred, sealing their fate.  The first explosion, believed to be caused by dynamite, killed 15 miners.  One of the rescuers managed to escape, but died a few hours later.
1919 Confined Space Fatality, Trinidad, Colorado — On August 25, 1919, James S. Cunningham, foreman miner of Bureau of Mines rescue car No. 2, died while wearing a Salvus ½-hour apparatus in a gasoline storage tank of the Sinclair Oil & Refining Company, Trinidad, Colorado.
1936 Kathleen Mine Fire, Dowell, Illinois — During the time the State Mine rescue team was erecting seals outby the fire, several motor trips of material were sent into the 7th north haulage road which is on the return for this section.  With these trips, there were between 15 and 20 men, who had been sent to assist with the sealing.  All of these men were more or less affected with carbon monoxide; nine of them lost their lives.
Mountain City Mine Asphyxiation, Mountain City, Nevada — Two men persuaded a third to lower them to an area of dangerous atmospheric conditions.  The third man realized the seriousness of the situation but gave little or no thought to the atmospheric conditions.  He proceeded down the manway until he was overcome and fell to the bottom.  A fourth man, in a solitary attempt to rescue the third, was overcome and also fell to within 5 feet of the bottom.  When the shift boss and four others arrived, they attempted to recover the bodies.  Two men were lowered in the bucket, and both were overcome.
1943 General Chemical Defense Corporation, Point Pleasant, West Virginia — Three employees of the disposal plant were killed by the inhalation of toxic fumes believed to be hydrogen sulfide or an oxygen deficiency.  Charles R. Miller, Water Treating Operator, was the initial victim.  Delmar W. Oldaker and Gerard Colwell were overcome during rescue attempts.
Sayreton No. 2 Mine, Sayreton, Jefferson County, Alabama — About 12:40 a.m., August 29th, or 2½ hours after the first explosion, a second explosion occurred in the same area, at which time there were 18 members of a rescue party in the affected section.  Two men of the rescue party were killed and 16 were injured.  Eight of the sixteen injured died after being removed to the hospital.  Total number of deaths from the second explosion was 10.
1985 R & R Mine No. 3 Carbon Monoxide Suffocation, Woodbine, Kentucky — Loading and hauling coal after a shot throughout the afternoon, a miner was overcome by CO when his scoop became stuck in the face area.  Two others attempting to save the fallen miner were also overcome.
2007 Crandal Canyon Mine Collapse, Huntington, Utah — On August 16, 2007, three rescue workers were killed and six others were injured when a seismic jolt caused a mine accident during an effort to reach six men who have been trapped at the Crandall Canyon Mine since August 6.  The six men initially killed were Kerry Allred, Luis Hernandez, Carlos Payan, Don Erikson, Manuel Sanchez, and Brandon Phillips.  The three killed during the attempted rescue were Federal Mine Inspector, Gary Jensen, Brandon Kimber and Dale Black.

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Additional Resources:

The links below include pages from the Bureau of Mines Annual Reports which describe accidents in which lives were saved.

1915       1916       1917       1918       1919       1921

Bureau of Mines Information Circular No. 7279 shows that from 1911 to 1940, inclusive, 26 men lost their lives while wearing oxygen breathing apparatus in this country.



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