January 2017 Mine Disaster Anniversaries


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View the planets for this day1904
Strattons Independence
Hoisting Accident
Victor, CO
No. Killed - 14

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View the planets for this day2006
Sago
Mine Explosion
Tallmansville, WV
No. Killed - 12

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View the planets for this day1906
Coaldale
Mine Explosion
Coaldale, WV
No. Killed - 22

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View the planets for this day1892
Mine No. 11
Mine Explosion
Krebs, OK
No. Killed - 100

View the planets for this day1902
Negaunee
Roof Fall
Negaunee, MI
No. Killed - 10

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View the planets for this day1943
Pursglove No. 15
Mine Fire
Pursglove, WV
No. Killed - 13

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View the planets for this day1928
Mine No. 18
Mine Explosion
West Frankfort, IL
No. Killed - 21

View the planets for this day1883
Coulterville
Mine Explosion
Coulterville, IL
No. Killed - 10

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View the planets for this day1940
Bartley No. 1
Mine Explosion
Bartley, WV
No. Killed - 91

View the planets for this day1909
Leiter
Explosion & Fire
Zeigler, IL
No. Killed - 26

View the planets for this day1893
Como
Mine Explosion
King, CO
No. Killed - 24

View the planets for this day1914
Rock Castle
Mine Explosion
Rock Castle, AL
No. Killed - 12

View the planets for this day1962
Blue Blaze No. 2
Explosion
Herrin, IL
No. Killed - 11

View the planets for this day1906
Haverstraw Clay Pit
Landslide
Haverstraw, NY
No. Killed - 17

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View the planets for this day1909
Lick Branch
Mine Explosion
Switchback, WV
No. Killed - 67

View the planets for this day1846
Delaware-Hudson
Roof Fall
Carbondale, PA
No. Killed - 14

View the planets for this day1938
Harwick
Mine Explosion
Harwick, PA
No. Killed - 10

View the planets for this day1886
Almy No. 4
Mine Explosion
Almy, WY
No. Killed - 13

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View the planets for this day1926
Mine No. 21
Mine Explosion
Wilburton, OK
No. Killed - 91

Milby and Dow
Mine Fire
Dow, OK
No. Killed - 10

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View the planets for this day1926
Jamison No. 8
Mine Explosion
Farmington, WV
No. Killed - 19

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View the planets for this day1946
Havaco No. 9
Mine Explosion
Welch, WV
No. Killed - 15

View the planets for this day1947
Nottingham
Mine Explosion
Plymouth, PA
No. Killed - 15

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View the planets for this day1895
Butte Hardware
Explosives
Butte City, MT
No. Killed 150

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View the planets for this day1906
Detroit
Mine Explosion
Detroit, WV
No. Killed - 18

View the planets for this day1951
Burning Springs
Mine Explosion
Kermit, WV
No. Killed - 11

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View the planets for this day1886
Orrel
Mine Explosion
Newburg, PA
No. Killed - 39

View the planets for this day1935
Gilberton
Mine Explosion
Gilberton, PA
No. Killed - 13

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View the planets for this day1942
Wadge
Mine Explosion
Mt. Harris, CO
No. Killed - 34

1959
River Slope
Mine Inundation
Port Griffith, PA
No. Killed - 12

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View the planets for this day1907
Primero
Mine Explosion
Primero, CO
No. Killed - 24

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View the planets for this day1884
Crested Butte
Mine Explosion
Crested Butte, CO
No. Killed - 59

View the planets for this day1902
Lost Creek No. 2
Mine Explosion
Oskaloosa, IA
No. Killed - 20

View the planets for this day1906
Poteau No. 6
Explosives
Witteville, OK
No. Killed -

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View the planets for this day1904
Harwick
Mine Explosion
Cheswick, PA
No. Killed - 179

View the planets for this day1924
McClintock
Mine Explosion
Johnson City, IL
No. Killed - 33

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View the planets for this day1924
Lancashire 18
Mine Explosion
Shanktown, PA
No. Killed - 36

View the planets for this day1907
Lorentz
Explosion
Penco, WV
No. Killed - 12

View the planets for this day1929
Kingston No. 5
Mine Explosion
Kingston, WV
No. Killed - 14

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View the planets for this day1891
Mammoth
Mine Explosion
Mt. Pleasant, PA
No. Killed - 109

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View the planets for this day1931
Little Betty
Mine Explosion
Digger, IN
No. Killed - 28

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View the planets for this day1907
Stuart
Mine Explosion
Stuart, WV
No. Killed - 84

View the planets for this day1926
Mossboro
Mine Explosion
Helena, AL
No. Killed - 27

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View the planets for this day1910
Primero
Mine Explosion
Primero, CO
No. Killed - 75

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Did You Know? The month of January has accounted for 97 mine disasters in which 1,913 miners were killed; 20 successful rescues (longest - 48 hrs.); and the death of 10 rescuers in 5 incidents.

Successful Rescue Summary Rescuer Death Summary All January Mine Disasters

Successful Mine Rescues in January
1846 Following a massive roof fall in the Delaware-Hudson Mine, John Hosey clambered his way through the damaged mine and managed to get out after being confined in the mine for 48 hours.  He was not seriously injured, except that his hands were lacerated from working his way through the rocks and slate.
1904 Adolph Gunia was brought to the surface still alive after an undisclosed period following the explosion in the Harwick mine in Cheswick, Pennsylvania.  He was the lone survivor of the mine blast which took 179 lives.
1914 Cave-in at Black Diamond Mine, Luzerne, Pennsylvania - Four miners were rescued after seven hours by parties led by company officials.  Source documentExternal Link
1918 A cave-in covering approximately 5 acres occurred at the Pennsylvania Coal Company’s Barnum Mine in Pittston, PA.  Two men were killed and 15 injured.  Five of the men were rescued 10 hours after the accident.  Source documentExternal Link
1926 21 miners managed to escape death's clutches after being trapped for 24 hours in the mule stables following an explosion of the Jamison No. 8 mine in Farmington, West Virginia.  19 miners were killed in the disaster.
Eight negro miners were rescued after an undisclosed period from the No. 21 mine in Wilburton, Oklahoma.  And in a truly heroic effort, Julius Graham, one of the first 7 rescued negroes, rushed back in and saved his step-brother, Roy Gray.
1928 Eight miners were brought out of the Peabody Coal Company Mine No. 18 alive and uninjured.  They were: Bill Reed, Alex Hamlin, Tony Strauss, Charles Peebles, Will Allen, Ruel Parks, Charles Mitchell and James Benn.  Reed crawled out of an air shaft while Hamlin and Strauss were in another part of the mine and built a protecting wall to prevent the deadly gas from reaching them.  W. E. Wade, another rescued miner was suffering from the effects of gas.
1931 Seven miners were rescued after an undisclosed period following an explosion in the Little Betty Mine at Dugger, Indiana.  The men who were rescued had barricaded themselves in an entry off one of the main corridors.  Those rescued included Locie Hale, William Bedwell, Ben Snyder, Herman Brown, Charles Love and Charles Centers, all of Linton, and Jule Wellington of Sullivan.
1939 Nineteen miners were rescued from the Clinton Coal Company’s Crown Hill No. 6 Mine Fire near Clinton, Indiana after being trapped there for 10 hours.  Rescuers waded water waist-deep through another tunnel, abandoned for 20 years, broke down a barrier and reached the men from behind.
1941 John Ryan, 28, died shortly after he had been rescued from a "bootleg" coal mine near Pottsville, Pennsylvania in which he had been trapped for 48 hours.  Joseph Slane, 30, who was trapped with Ryan was rescued after a third miner, Vincent Burns, had spread the alarm.  Source documentExternal Link
1942 Wadge Mine Explosion, Mt. Harris, Colorado — Four miners who were working nearer the entrance were rescued after an undisclosed period.  These men included Joe Gall, Bill Fickle, Elmer Everson and Mike Atansoff.
1950 Joseph Burda was rescued after being trapped for 40 hours in a "bootleg" anthracite mine near Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania.  He and his brother, Edward, became trapped following a cave-in.  Rescue attempts carried on for Edward, however, it is unknown if they were successful.  Source documentExternal Link
1960 Joseph Mismash was rescued after being trapped 15 hours in a U. S. Steel Corporation iron mine near Ely, Minnesota.  Mismash was trapped in a walled-in cubicle blocked by a 14 foot-thick block of ore.  Source documentExternal Link
1961 Rescuers saved 15-year-old, Larry Dacek, after falling down an airshaft of the abandoned Sutro Tunnel silver mine near Virginia City, Nevada.  He was trapped for 11 hours there.  Mining experts said Dacek escaped certain death by coming to rest on a rock layer supported by a few rotten timbers.  Below him was a straight 1,400 foot fall.  Source documentExternal Link
1964 Stanley Johnson was rescued after his 27-hour entrapment following a cave-in at a MacKay, Utah lead and copper mine owned by Empire Copper Mines.  There were no others killed or injured in the accident.  Source documentExternal Link
1967 Two miners, Virgil Williamson and Harry Silman, became trapped after a roof fall in the Shannopin Mine of the Jones and Laughlin Steel Corporation.  Williamson was found dead early on January 24 and Silman was rescued after 2 hours.  Taken to the hospital, he was listed in fair condition, suffering from shock and bruises.  Source documentExternal Link
1969 Twelve miners were rescued after being trapped more than six hours after a fire at the Christopher Coal Company, Humphrey No. 7 mine near Mount Morris, Pennsylvania.  Eleven of the miners were walked out by rescuers, one man was removed by stretcher.  Source documentExternal Link
2003 Injured miner Aaron Meyer, three Sheriff's Deputies and a Paramedic clambered into an oversized bucket attached to a crane following the McElroy Mine Shaft Explosion at Cameron, West Virginia, which lowered them to the injured miners below.  They successfully rescued Benjamin Bair, 23, and Richard Brumley, 51.  On September 29, 2005, the five men were awarded the Carnegie Medal for Heroism.  Included were Aaron Meyer, Jack Cain, Pat Mull, Brent Wharry and Steve Cook.
2006 One miner, Randal McCloy Jr., is found alive after 40 hours following the Sago Mine Explosion in West Virginia.  Twelve miners died in the accident.  This disaster prompted the creation of the Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response Act of 2006 (MINER Act).  External Link
2010 Three Illinois miners were rescued from a DPOS after being trapped more than 5 hours in the No. 29 mine of the Doe Run Company near Viburnum on January 21, 2010.  Their escape was cut off when a 30-ton haul truck caught fire.  The trapped miners were: Robert McClain, truck driver; Michael Byers, loader operator; and Timothy Yount, scaler operator.  See more.

Rescuer Deaths in January
1904 Harwick Mine Explosion, Cheswick, Pennsylvania — Of 175 mine workers underground at the time, the single survivor was the severely burned 16-year-old, Adolph Gunia.  Other casualties included Daniel A. Lyle and the mine engineer, Selwyn M. Taylor, who both gave their lives in rescue attempts after responding to the scene.  Greatly touched by Taylor's and Lyle's sacrifice, Andrew Carnegie had medals privately minted for their families, and within two months had established a $5 million Carnegie Hero Fund as a result.
1906 Haverstraw Clay Pit Collapse, Haverstraw, New York — After a house was toppled into a pit cut by clay diggers in Haverstraw, NY, five men went to the rescue to aid their neighbors.  After the first house fell, twelve other houses went crashing over the precipice.  The wreckage quickly caught fire, and those who were in the mass were either crushed or burned to death. Seventeen persons were killed.
1909 Northwestern Mine Asphyxiation, Ashford County, Washington — After a miner fired shots in the Northwestern coal mine, an explosion occurred.  Another victim (Dinkler), with others, went to rescue the shotfirer, but was overcome by afterdamp before he could.
1912 Cherry Valley Mine Fire, Cherry Valley, Pennsylvania — John Ferrell of the U.S. Bureau of Mines was killed while exploring a mine in which a fire was raging. Ferrell had been in charge of the Bureau of Mines Rescue Car No. 5 since October 1911.  At a mine rescue a few weeks earlier at Briceville, Tennessee, Ferrell rescued five men.  It is unknown if any others were killed or injured in the Cherry Valley Mine Fire.
1943 Pursglove No. 15 Mine Fire, Pursglove, West Virginia— During the fire at the No. 15 mine of the Pursglove Mining Company, an act of heroism cost the life of Guy Quinn, 38-year-old night-foreman, who escaped after the fire but returned to open two ventilating doors in an effort to save his trapped comrades.  He had managed to open one door but was overcome while working on the other.

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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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