September 2017 Mine Disaster Anniversaries


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View the planets for this day1936
Macbeth
Mine Explosion
Logan, WV
No. Killed - 10

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View the planets for this day1926
Tahona
Mine Explosion
Tahona, OK
No. Killed - 16

View the planets for this day1926
Sunshine
Mine Explosion
Sunshine, CO
No. Killed - 12

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View the planets for this day1914
Union No. 1
Roof Fall
Adamson, OK
No. Killed - 14

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View the planets for this day1869
Avondale
Mine Fire
Plymouth, PA
No. Killed - 110

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View the planets for this day1895
Osceola
Mine Fire
Calumet, MI
No. Killed - 30

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View the planets for this day1889
White Ash
Mine Inundation
Greeley, CO
No. Killed - 10

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View the planets for this day1989
William Station 9
Mine Explosion
Sullivan, KY
No. Killed - 10

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View the planets for this day1902
Big Four
Mine Explosion
Algoma, WV
No. Killed - 17

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View the planets for this day1924
Sublet No. 5
Mine Explosion
Sublet, WY
No. Killed - 39

View the planets for this day1914
Lehigh No. 5
Mine Explosion
Lansford, PA
No. Killed - 17

View the planets for this day1943
Three Point
Mine Explosion
Three Point, KY
No. Killed - 12

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View the planets for this day1914
Centennial-Eureka
Mine Cave-in
Eureka, UT
No. Killed - 11

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View the planets for this day1907
Rolling Mill
Hoisting Accident
Negaunee, MI
No. Killed - 10

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View the planets for this day2001
Jim Walter No. 5
Mine Explosion
Brookwood, AL
No. Killed - 13

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View the planets for this day1943
Moffett Schreader
Mine Explosion
Minersville, PA
No. Killed - 14

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View the planets for this day1893
Mansfield
Mine Inundation
Crystal Falls, MI
No. Killed - 28

View the planets for this day1918
North No. 1
Mine Explosion
Royalton, IL
No. Killed - 21

View the planets for this day1911
Shakespeare Placer
Mine Cave-in
Dome Creek, AK
No. Killed - 0

Detective work by the USMRA revealed the 14 miners listed as deceased in this disaster by NIOSH were in fact rescued after 84 hours.  See details.

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Did You Know? The month of September has accounted for 51 mine disasters in which 553 miners were killed; 10 successful rescues (longest - 7 days); and the death of 25 rescuers in 9 incidents.

Successful Rescue Summary Rescuer Death Summary All September Mine Disasters

Successful Mine Rescues in September
1897 Williamson County Mine Explosion, Johnston City, Illinois — Fifteen wounded miners, two of whom later died, were rescued from the smoke and flames after an undisclosed period.
1914 Cave-in at Centennial Gold Mine, Eureka, Utah - Twelve men were imprisoned.  One man was rescued by company men, who, in seven hours, drove a drift 15 feet in country rock without shooting.  Source documentExternal Link
1915 Rahn Colliery Explosion, Coaldale, PA – On September 27, an explosion caused a rush of water and coal which cut off and entombed 11 men.   Two of the men were rescued 12 hours after the disaster, but the others were not reached until October 3, after an imprisonment of 6 days and 5 hours.  Three hundred men working 3 shifts per day drove the tunnel to reach the trapped miners.  Source documentExternal Link
1916 Jacob Dixon and William Gammell became enclosed by a rush of coal in the Good Spring Colliery of the Philadelphia and Reading Coal and Iron Company near Tremont, Pennsylvania.  After five hours, Dixon succeeded in getting into a blind heading where he was rescued.  They were engaged in the hazardous work of "robbing pillars."  No further news could be found regarding the rescue of William Gammell.  His survival was unlikely.  Source documentExternal Link
1922 Seven miners were imprisoned for an undisclosed period following the Lake Creek Mine Explosion in Johnston City, Illinois, but were taken from the shaft by rescue teams hastily called.  The seven men had taken refuge in another entry and by doing this prevented the gas from killing them.
1931 Aukstock Carter, 30, was rescued after an undisclosed period following a cave-in in an unnamed coal mine near Charleston, West Virginia.  His rescue came after company physician, Dr. W. B. Davis, amputated his right arm.  Source documentExternal Link
1943 Rescuers freed six miners after an undisclosed period following an explosion at the Three Point Coal Company mine in southeast Kentucky.  Twelve miners perished in the accident; 3 directly by the explosion and 9 others found huddled together, overcome by gases.  The six rescued miners had traveled one mile further into the mine where they constructed a barricade.  Source documentExternal Link
1957 Marianna No. 58 Mine Explosion, Marianna, Pennsylvania — Six miners were rescued from the exploded and burning mine after more than 8 hours.  Shortly after noon, telephone lines were dropped to the men at the foot of the portal shaft.  The miners said they all were burned, one so badly he could take liquids only through a straw.  Blankets, first aid equipment and oxygen tanks were then lowered by rope.  The first of the trapped miners was brought to the surface in a makeshift oil drum elevator at 2:10 p.m.  At half-hour intervals, five other survivors were lifted to safety in the drums.
1970 Richard Owens was rescued 10 hours after being trapped in mud and rock up to his neck in the Ranchers Exploration and Development Corporation’s Tungsten Mine.  The mine is located in Vance County in north-central North Carolina, near the Virginia border.  Source documentExternal Link
1989 Joshua Dennis, a 10-year-old gone missing from a Boy Scout exploring trip, was rescued after nearly one week from the abandoned Hidden Treasure Mine near Stockton, Utah.  The boy was found by a Utah Power and Light Company mine rescue team, ranked among the best teams in the country.  Source documentExternal Link

Rescuer Deaths in September
1869 Steuben Shaft Mine Fire, Plymouth, Pennsylvania — 108 miners were asphyxiated, 2 rescuers killed.  Thomas W. Williams of Plymouth and David Jones of Grand Tunnel, entered what subsequently proved to them the pit of death.
1879 Grizzly Mine Asphyxiations, Alta, Utah — Six men were asphyxiated in the Grizzly mine from carbon monoxide.  Three of them were killed in an effort to rescue others.  The cause of the accident is ascribed to smoke from the engine furnace on the tunnel level, the exit of which had become choked, and thereby smoke was driven back through the mine.
1913 Mine Rescue Training Fatality, Rock Springs, Wyoming — On September 30, 1913, Edward Evans, an employee of the Bureau of Mines, lost his life during mine rescue maneuvers at a mine of the Union Pacific Coal Company, Rock Springs, Wyoming.
1915 Alta-Quincy Tunnel Exploration, Salt Lake City, Utah — On September 17, 1915, Thomas Hendrickson, a foreman of the International Exploration Company, lost his life while wearing a Dräger 2-hour oxygen breathing apparatus during an exploration in the Alta-Quincy tunnel, near Salt Lake City, Utah, leased by the Albion Mining Company.
1936 Metz Coal Mine CO Asphyxiation, Fulton, Missouri — Columbia firemen were called to remove the four bodies and helped save a fifth worker who was in serious condition.  Mine owner Louis Metz and his father-in-law were overcome by gas as they went into the mine to pump water.  The miner’s three younger brothers came to help and they too fell victim to the deadly gas.  Source documentExternal Link
1966 Morgan Mine Fire, St. Clairsville, Ohio — William Adams, 33, of Barnesville, Ohio, was outside when a fire broke out deep inside the Morgan Mine near Bethesda, Ohio.  He ran into the mine and sounded the alarm.  Counting only 12 men running out, he then went inside again in search of Keith Spicer, 22, of Dillonvale, Ohio, a miner for only two months, and Tony Territti, 43, of Wheeling.  None of the three men surfaced from the mine.
1979 In the process of testing a newly installed rescue capsule in the 335 foot shaft of Consolidation Coal Company’s Mathies Mine in Peters Township, Washington County, PA, company safety inspector, John Marn, plunged 180 feet to his death after the capsule’s coupling device broke.  The Washington County Coroner, Farrell Jackson, ruled that Edward Nogal, federal mine inspector, was partially responsible for Marn’s death.  Source documentExternal Link
1981 Warrier Gold Mine Explosion, Burgdorf, Idaho — After the explosion, Rocke Wilson and Ardy Johnson descended to search for two workman.  Shortly thereafter, both men were suddenly overcome by carbon monoxide.  Two hours later, the general partner and mine manager resumed the search.  During this effort, Johnson was found 75 feet from the portal and Wilson was found 100 feet from the portal.  Subsequent CPR attempts revived Wilson, but Johnson never regained consciousness.
2001 JWR No. 5 Mine Explosions, Brookwood, Alabama — After communicating with the section foreman about the events of the initial blast in 4 Section, 3 other miners entered the 4 Section to rescue the remaining injured miner.  Additional miners from other sections were notified and traveled toward 4 Section to lend assistance.  Five of these miners entered the Section and another 4 reached the mouth of the 4 Section.  The second explosion resulted in 12 fatalities and widespread destruction.

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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.

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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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