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Successful USA Mine Rescue Summary
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1846 - Delaware-Hudson Mine Roof Fall, Carbondale, Pennsylvania
1904 - Harwick Mine Explosion, Cheswick, Pennsylvania
1907 - Lorentz Mine Explosion, Penco, West Virginia
1910 - Primero Mine Explosion, Primero, Colorado
1914 - Black Diamond Mine Cave-in, Luzerne, Pennsylvania
1918 - Barnum Mine Cave-in, Pittston, Pennsylvania
1924 - McClintock Mine Explosion, Johnston City, Illinois
1926 - Jamison No. 8 Mine Explosion, Farmington, West Virginia
1926 - No. 21 Mine Explosion, Wilburton, Oklahoma
1928 - No. 18 Mine Explosion, West Frankfort, Illinois
1930 - Lillybrook No. 1 Mine Explosion, Lillybrook, West Virginia
1931 - Little Betty Mine Explosion, Dugger, Indiana
1939 - Crown Hill No. 6 Mine Fire, Clinton, Indiana
1941 - Bootleg Anthracite Mine Cave-in, Pottsville, Pennsylvania
1942 - Wadge Mine Explosion, Mt. Harris, Colorado
1950 - Bootleg Anthracite Mine Cave-in, Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania
1959 - River Slope Mine Inundation, Port Griffith, Pennsylvania
1960 - U. S. Steel Iron Mine Cave-in, Ely, Minnesota
1961 - Abandoned Sutro Tunnel Silver Mine, Virginia City, Nevada
1964 - Empire Copper Mine Cave-in, MacKay, Utah
1967 - Shannopin Mine Roof Fall, Bobtown, Pennsylvania
1969 - Humphrey No. 7 Mine Fire, Mount Morris, Pennsylvania
2003 - McElroy Mine Shaft Explosion, Cameron, West Virginia
2006 - Sago Mine Explosion, Tallmansville, West Virginia
2010 - Doe Run No. 29 Mine Fire, Viburnum, Illinois
2016 - Cargill Salt Elevator Incident, Lansing, New York
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1891 - Spring Mountain No. 1 Inundation, Jeanesville, Pennsylvania
1891 - Susquehanna Colliery Inundation, Grand Tunnel, Pennsylvania
1906 - Parral Mine Explosion, Parral, West Virginia
1908 - Mid-Valley Colliery Cave-in, Shamokin, Pennsylvania
1910 - Ernest No. 2 Mine Explosion, Ernest, Pennsylvania
1912 - Bunker Hill Mine Cave-in, Sutter Creek, California
1914 - Cannon Mine Inundation, Franklin County, Washington
1915 - Carlisle Mine Explosion, Carlisle, West Virginia
1916 - Davis No. 42 Mine Explosion, Kempton, Maryland
1918 - Amasa-Porter Mine Inundation, Crystal Falls, Michigan
1924 - Milford Mine Inundation, Crosby, Minnesota
1925 - City Mine Explosion, Sullivan, Indiana
1927 - Henry Clay Colliery, Shamokin, Pennsylvania
1928 - Kinlock Mine Explosion, Parnassus, Pennsylvania
1930 - Standard Mine Explosion, Standardville, Utah
1937 - Abandoned Coal Mine Incident, Flemington, West Virginia
1943 - Smith No. 3 Mine Explosion, Carbon County, Montana
1949 - Kittoe Mining Works Fire, Benton, Wisconsin
1958 - Lundale Mine Roof Fall, Morgantown Post, West Virginia
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1881 - Almy No. 2 Mine Explosion, Almy, Wyoming
1886 - Uniondale Mine Explosion, Dunbar, Pennsylvania
1906 - Century No. 1 Mine Explosion, Century, West Virginia
1912 - San Bois No. 2 Mine Cave-in, McCurtain, Oklahoma
1915 - Layland No. 3 Mine Explosion, Layland, West Virginia
1924 - Yukon No. 2 Mine Explosion, Yukon, West Virginia
1926 - Crab Orchard No. 5 Mine Explosion, Eccles, West Virginia
1929 - Kinloch Mine Explosion, Parnassus, Pennsylvania
1930 - New Peerless Mine Explosion, Helper, Utah
1930 - Wolf Run Mine Fire, Amsterdam, Ohio
1933 - Abandoned Sayre Colliery, Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania
1936 - Brown Family Mine Cave-in, Crooksville, Ohio
1940 - Willow Grove No. 10 Mine Explosion, Neffs, Ohio
1942 - Cracker Jack Mine Roof Fall, Boulder, Colorado
1947 - Centralia No. 5 Mine Explosion, Centralia, Illinois
1957 - Abandoned Coal Mine, Harlan, Kentucky
1969 - Deep Lark Silver Mine Cave-in, Lark, Utah
1977 - Porter Tunnel Mine Inundation, Tower City, Pennsylvania
1979 - Upper Taggert Mine Rockslide, Oven Fork, Kentucky
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1905 - Cabin Creek Mine Explosion, Kayford, West Virginia
1910 - Nazareth Limestone Quarry Explosion, Nazareth, Pennsylvania
1910 - Amsterdam No. 2 Mine Explosion, Amsterdam, Ohio
1913 - Cincinnati Mine Explosion, Finleyville, Pennsylvania
1914 - Eccles Mine Explosions, Eccles, West Virginia
1927 - Federal No. 3 Mine Explosion, Everettville, West Virginia
1934 - Sinclair Mine Fire, Switz, Indiana
1937 - Bootleg Anthracite Mine Cave-in, Tamaqua, Pennsylvania
1946 - Great Valley Mine Explosion, McCoy, Virginia
1956 - Kaiser Coal Company Mine Roof Fall, Sunnyside, Utah
1968 - Southwest Potash Mine Collapse, Carlsbad, New Mexico
1980 - Florence Mine Roof Fall, Huff, Pennsylvania
1985 - Powderhorn Mine Roof Fall, DeBeque Canyon, Colorado
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1871 - West Pittston Colliery Fire, West Pittston, Pennsylvania
1890 - Jersey No. 8 Cave-in and Explosion, Ashley, Pennsylvania
1900 - Cumnock Mine Explosion, Cumnock, North Carolina
1907 - Berwind-White Mine No. 38 Inundation, Foustwell, Pennsylvania
1912 - Norrie Mine Cave-in, Ironwood, Michigan
1913 - Imperial Mine Explosion, Belle Valley, Ohio
1919 - Old Colony Mine Cave-in, Ligonier, Pennsylvania
1928 - Mather Mine Explosion, Mather, Pennsylvania
1939 - Bootleg Anthracite Mine Cave-in, Shenandoah, Pennsylvania
1939 - Bootleg Anthracite Mine Cave-in, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania
1948 - Bootleg Anthracite Mine Inundation, Shamokin, Pennsylvania
1943 - NuRex Mine Explosion, LaFollette, Tennessee
1957 - Abandoned Kentucky Coal Mine, Harlan, Kentucky
1958 - Boone County Coal Corp. Inundation, Logan, West Virginia
1968 - Saxsewell No. 8 Inundation, Hominy Falls, West Virginia
1972 - Sunshine Silver Mine Fire, Kellogg, Idaho
2006 - Darby No. 1 Mine Explosion, Holmes Mill, Kentucky
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1901 - Port Royal No. 2 Explosion and Fire, Port Royal, Pennsylvania
1903 - Hanna No. 1 Mine Explosion, Hanna, Wyoming
1909 - Lackawanna No. 4 Mine Explosion, Wehrum, Pennsylvania
1912 - Hastings Mine Explosion, Hastings, Colorado
1915 - Longacre-Chapman Zinc Mine Inundation, Neck City, Missouri
1917 - Granite Mountain Copper Mine Fire, Butte, Montana
1929 - South Eureka Mine Cave-in, Sutter Creek, California
1933 - Madeira Hill Mine Cave-in, Mt. Carmel, Pennsylvania
1938 - Butler Slope Explosion, Pittston, Pennsylvania
1936 - Helena Mine Cave-in, Helena, Montana
1952 - Penokee Iron Ore Mine Cave-in, Ironwood, Michigan
1957 - Betsy No. 3 Mine Cave-in, Fernwood, Ohio
1962 - Bull Gulch Lead and Zinc Mine Cave-in, Jefferson City, Montana
1970 - Abandoned Hazard Gold Mine, Foresthill, California
1971 - Federal No. 2 Mine Roof Fall, Miracle Run, West Virginia
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1908 - Willamstown Colliery Explosion, Williamstown, Pennsylvania
1914 - Banovich Silver Mine Asphyxiation, Tonopah, Nevada
1916 - Lake Erie Tunnel Explosion, Cleveland, Ohio
1928 - Locust Springs Colliery Inundation, Locust Gap, Pennsylvania
1933 - Locust Gap Mine Roof Fall, Mt. Carmel, Pennsylvania
1937 - Baker Mine Explosion, Sullivan, Indiana
1938 - Praco No. 7 Rock Fall, Praco, Alabama
1938 - Veta Silver Mine Cave-in, Duncan, Arizona
1940 - Sonman "E" Mine Explosion, Portage, Pennsylvania
1963 - Castle Shannon Coal No. 2 Shaft, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1966 - Siltix Mine Explosion, Mount Hope, West Virginia
2000 - Willow Creek Mine Explosions & Fire, Helper, Utah
2002 - Quecreek Mine Inundation, Friedens, Pennsylvania
2016 - Abandoned Iron Mine, Iron Ridge, Wisconsin
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1886 - Fair Lawn Colliery Explosion, Scranton, Pennsylvania
1894 - Gilberton Colliery Explosion, Ashland, Pennsylvania
1908 - Knickerbocker Colliery Explosion, Shenandoah, Pennsylvania
1911 - White Oak Mine Cave-in, Villa Heights, Missouri
1915 - Orenda Mine Explosion, Boswell, Pennsylvania
1917 - Lincoln Mine Fire, Virginia, Minnesota
1917 - West Kentucky No. 7 Mine Explosion, Clay, Kentucky
1921 - Harco Mine Explosion, Harrisburg, Illinois
1923 - Frontier No. 1 Mine Explosion, Kemmerer, Wyoming
1926 - Hudson Zinc and Spar Mine Cave-in, Salem, Kentucky
1926 - Clymer No. 1 Mine Explosion, Clymer, Pennsylvania
1927 - West Kentucky No. 7 Mine Explosion, Clay, Kentucky
1934 - Bootleg Anthracite Mine Rockslide, Coal Castle, Pennsylvania
1934 - Derby No. 3 Mine Explosion, Big Stone Gap, Virginia
1936 - Esry Mine Fire, Moberly, Missouri
1963 - Oneida No. 2 Slope Cave-in, Oneida, Pennsylvania
1963 - Cane Creek Mine Explosion, Grand County, Utah
1968 - Amherst No. 1 Mine Roof Fall, Lundale, West Virginia
1991 - McElroy Mine Roof Fall, Moundsville, West Virginia
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1897 - Williamson County Mine Explosion, Johnston City, Illinois
1902 - Stafford Mine Explosion, Stafford, West Virginia
1902 - Big Four Mine Explosion, Algoma, West Virginia
1914 - Centennial Gold Mine Cave-in, Eureka, Utah
1915 - Rahn Colliery Explosion, Coaldale, Pennsylvania
1916 - Good Spring Colliery Cave-in, Tremont, Pennsylvania
1922 - Lake Creek Mine Explosion, Johnston City, Illinois
1926 - Tahoma No. 29 Mine Explosion, Tahoma, Oklahoma
1931 - Unnamed Coal Mine Cave-in, Charleston, West Virginia
1943 - Three Point Mine Explosion, Southeast Kentucky
1943 - Primrose Colliery Explosion, Primrose, Pennsylvania
1957 - Marianna No. 58 Mine Explosion, Marianna, Pennsylvania
1968 - Somerset Mine Roof Fall, Somerset, Colorado
1970 - Ranchers Exploration & Development Mine, Vance County, NC
1989 - Hidden Treasure Mine, Stockton, Utah
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1895 - Dorrance Mine Explosion, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
1885 - Plymouth No. 2 Mine Explosion, Plymouth, Pennsylvania
1897 - Von Storch Mine Fire, Scranton, Pennsylvania
1901 - Buttonwood Colliery Explosion, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
1910 - Ernest No. 2 Mine Explosion, Ernest, Pennsylvania
1911 - Shakespeare Placer Gold Mine Cave-in, Dome Creek, Alaska
1913 - Vogel and Lawrence Lignite Mine Cave-in, Rockdale, Texas
1913 - Continental Mine Cave-in, Centralia, Pennsylvania
1914 - Royalton North No. 1 Mine Explosion, Royalton, Illinois
1914 - Mulga Mine Explosion, Mulga, Alabama
1914 - Patterson No. 2 Mine Explosion, Elizabeth, Pennsylvania
1915 - Continental Colliery Cave-in, Centralia, Pennsylvania
1931 - Mocanaqua Mine Explosion, Mocanaqua, Pennsylvania
1935 - Bootleg Anthracite Mine Cave-in, Mt. Carmel, Pennsylvania
1938 - Lilly Meade Mine Cave-in, Owensboro, Kentucky
1941 - Daniel Boone Mine Explosion, St. Charles, West Virginia
1954 - Bootleg Anthracite Mine Cave-in, Branchdale, Pennsylvania
1958 - Bishop No. 34 Mine Explosion, Bishop, Virginia
1958 - Burton Mine Explosion, Craigsville, West Virginia
1965 - Wildcat Cave Entrapment, Hinckley, Ohio
1965 - Mars No. 2 Mine Fire, Wilsonburg, West Virginia
1980 - University of Arizona Experimental Mine, Pima County, Arizona
1987 - Diamond Gold Mine Entrapment, Leadville, Colorado
1987 - Baby Jessica McClure's Entrapment, Midland, Texas
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1878 - Sullivan Mine Explosion, Sullivan, Indiana
1888 - Shaft No. 2 Explosion, Frontenac, Kansas
1901 - Pocahontas Baby Mine Fire, Pocahontas, Virginia
1902 - Luke Fidler Mine Explosion, Shamokin, Pennsylvania
1903 - Ferguson Mine Explosion, Dunbar, Pennsylvania
1906 - San Toy No. 1 Mine Shaft Disaster, Corning, Ohio
1907 - Draper Mine Inundation, Gilberton, Pennsylvania
1909 - St. Paul No. 2 Mine Fire, Cherry, Illinois
1910 - Shoal Creek No. 1 Mine Explosion, Panama, Illinois
1910 - Jumbo Mine Explosion, Durant, Oklahoma
1911 - Bottom Creek Mine Explosion, Vivian, West Virginia
1914 - Bonar Mine Asphyxiations, East Bernstadt, Kentucky
1914 - Sibley Iron Mine Cave-in, Ely, Minnesota
1914 - West Brookside Mine Cave-in, Pottsville, Pennsylvania
1915 - Northwestern Mine Explosion, Ravensdale, Washington
1916 - Bessie Mine Explosion, Palos, Alabama
1922 - Dolomite No. 3 Mine Explosion, Dolomite, Alabama
1922 - Reilly No. 1 Mine Explosion, Spangler, Pennsylvania
1922 - Anthracite No. 4 Mine Explosion, Cerrillos, New Mexico
1926 - Tomhicken Mine Inundation, Hazleton, Pennsylvania
1926 - Mound Mine Explosion, Moundsville, West Virginia
1930 - Lutie No. 5 Mine Explosion, Lutie, Oklahoma
1930 - Millfield No. 6 Mine Explosion, Millfield, Ohio
1933 - South Scranton Mine Cave-in, Scranton, Pennsylvania
1962 - Abandoned Idaho Bride Gold Mine, Idaho Springs, Colorado
1968 - Consol No. 9 Mine Explosions, Farmington, West Virginia
1985 - Bessie "G" Gold Mine Avalanche, LaPlata County, Colorado
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1869 - East Sugar Loaf Colliery Cave-in, Stockton, Pennsylvania
1885 - Nanticoke No. 1 Mine Inundation, Nanticoke, Pennsylvania
1899 - Carbon Hill No. 7 Mine Explosion, Carbonado, Washington
1901 - McAlester No. 1 Hoisting Disaster, Hartshorne, Oklahoma
1905 - Horton Mine Fire, Horton, West Virginia
1906 - Edison Tunnel Cave-in, Bakersfield, California
1908 - Lick Branch Mine Explosion, Switchback, West Virginia
1909 - Mine A Explosion and Fire, Herrin, Illinois
1910 - Greeno Mine Explosion, Tacoma, Virginia
1911 - Cross Mountain Mine Explosion, Briceville, Tennessee
1915 - Newcastle Mine Rock Fall, Seattle, Washington
1916 - Fidelity No. 9 Mine Explosion, Stone City, Kansas
1925 - Overton No. 2 Mine Explosion, Acmar, Alabama
1929 - Old Town Mine Explosion, McAlester, Oklahoma
1932 - Morgan Jones Mine Explosion, Madrid, New Mexico
1940 - Kent No. 2 Mine Roof Fall, McIntyre, Pennsylvania
1940 - No. 4 Mine Explosion, Beckley, West Virginia
1950 - Big 4 Mine Cave-in, Selleck, Washington
1951 - Orient No. 2 Mine Explosion, West Frankfort, Illinois
1957 - Pocahontas Fuel No. 31 Mine Explosion, Amonate, Virginia
1970 - Leckie Mine Roof Fall, Anjean, West Virginia
1972 - Itmann No. 3 Mine Explosion, Itmann, West Virginia
1987 - Slate Top Mine Roof Fall, Woodbine, Kentucky
Note: The list above represents all the successful rescues in the United States that we've been able to locate.  It most probably does not include all that have occurred.  As more incidents are uncovered, they too will be included.  If you know of any others that have been overlooked, please contact us.

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