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Coal mining disasters

Whitman Mine Explosion, November 3, 1931

Whitman Mine Explosion SEARCHERS FIND THIRD VICTIM OF LOGAN MINE BLAST. EXPLOSION TRAPPED FIVE MEN IN ISLAND CREEK COMPANY WHITMAN MINE. HOPE IS ABANDONED FOR TWO MISSING WORKERS. MEN CAUGHT IN ABANDONED SECTION OF WORKINGS; 241 MINERS AT WORK IN … Continue reading

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Double, Double, Toil and Trouble

Logan County, West Virginia was being soaked with a steady drizzle of rain as a crowd gathered to wait for news at the entrance of the Macbeth Mine. At about 1:30 in the evening on September 2, 1936 the Macbeth … Continue reading

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A Gaping Black Mouth – Macbeth 1937

Only six months after the first Macbeth explosion on March 11, 1937, the Macbeth Mine blew again killing eighteen men. As a March rain fell, scenes from September past were being replayed. Some of the men who helped carry out … Continue reading

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Dark as a Dungeon – Holden, March 8, 1960

On Tuesday, March 8, 1960 the Holden Mine at Island Creek No. 22 in Logan County, West Virginia, caught fire in the coal seam and created a carbon monoxide gas which killed eighteen men by asphyxiation. The men were trapped shortly after entering the mine at seven in the morning. Continue reading

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24 Miners Rescued – May 1958

May, 1958 – 24 trapped miners rescued from a flooded Logan, West Virginia mine. Continue reading

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Death Comes a Knocking – Willow Grove, Ohio 1940

When death came knocking at the door of Hanna Coal Company’s No. 10 Mine at Willow Grove, its icy fingers entombed more than seventy men in a matter of seconds at eleven o’clock on Saturday morning, March 16, 1940. Continue reading

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Little Egypt Lost – Havaco Mine – JANUARY 15, 1946

LITTLE EGYPT LOST WRECKAGE OF HAVACO MINE – JANUARY 15, 1946 McDowell County, West Virginia is the most southern county of the state, and they hold the record for the largest number of explosions in the state. The mining town … Continue reading

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Tragedy at Burning Springs – Kermit 1951

At the time of the accident 45 men were inside the mine, however the explosion was confined to only one section. Thirteen men were working in the section that blew, and eleven men were killed Shortly after the explosion, a motorman delivering a trip of empty cars near the site noticed smoke and dust in the haulageway. He immediately notified the outside mine office of his findings, and Superintendent T. L. Lambert, went underground to investigate. Continue reading

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A Time to Weep – Bartley 1940

On Wednesday, January 10, 1940, the Pond Creek No. 1 Mine at Bartley, West Virginia owned by Pocohontas Coal Corporation, exploded at exactly 2:30 in the afternoon killing ninety-one men. Continue reading

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Lyburn Mine Fire

REV. ARCHIE CONWAY Photo by: Dolores Riggs – 1958 LYBURN MINE FIRE On Sunday morning at seven o’clock on August 14, 1932, four men entered the Croaton Coal Company Mine at Lyburn. The mine was empty, and they were cleaning … Continue reading

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