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Fatality Information

Historical Coal Mine Disasters in the Anthracite Region


Date Name of Mine Location of Mine Killed Cause
January 12, 1846 Delaware & Hudson Carbondale. PA 14 Cave-In
February 1847 Spencer Pottsville, PA 7 Explosion
September 6, 1869 Avondale Plymouth, PA 110 Fire
March 22, 1870 Potts Locustdale, PA 5 Explosion
August 10, 1870 Heins & Glassmire Middleport, PA 9 Cage Fall
August 28, 1870 Preston No. 3 Girardville, PA 7 Cage Fall
May 27, 1871 West Pittston West Pittston, PA 20 Smoke
August 14, 1871 Eagle Shaft Pittston, PA 17 Explosion
October 2, 1871 Otto Red Ash Branch Dale, PA 5 Explosion
June 10, 1873 Henry Clay Shamokin, PA 10 Fire
May 9, 1877 Wadesville Wadesville, PA 7 Fire
May 6, 1879 Audenried Audenried, PA 6 Explosion
November 2, 1879 Mill Creek Mill Creek, PA 5 Explosion
March 5, 1880 No. 2 Shaft Nanticoke, PA 6 Explosion
May 3, 1880 Lykens Valley Shamokin, PA 5 Explosion
May 24, 1882 Kohinoor Shenandoah, PA 5 Explosion
August 21, 1884 Buck Ridge Shamokin, PA 7 Fire
April 6, 1885 Cuyler Raven Run, PA 10 Roof Fall
August 11, 1885 West End Mocanaqua, PA 10 Gas/Boiler Fire
December 18, 1885 Nanticoke No. 1 Nanticoke, PA 26 Water Inundation
August 30, 1886 Fair Lawn Scranton, PA 6 Explosion
September 13, 1886 Marvine Scranton, PA 8 Gas Suffocation
November 26, 1886 Conyngham Wilkes-Barre, PA 12 Explosion
April 27, 1887 Tunnel Ashland, PA 5 Gas Suffocation
October 1, 1887 Bast Girardville, PA 5 Gas Suffocation
May 9, 1889 Kaska William Middleport, PA 10 Mine Car Crushes Cage
February 1, 1890 Nottingham Plymouth, PA 8 Explosion
March 3, 1890 Shaft No. 3 Wilkes-Barre, PA 8 Fire
April 2, 1890 Susquehanna No. 4 Nanticoke, PA 5 Explosion
May 15, 1890 Jersey No. 8 Ashley, PA 26 Explosion
January 27, 1891 Mammouth Mount Pleasant, PA 109 Explosion
October 23, 1891 Richardson Glen Carbon, PA 7 Gas Suffocation
November 8, 1891 Susquehanna No. 1 Nanticoke, PA 12 Explosion
April 20, 1982 Lytle Minersville, PA 10 Water Inundation
July 23, 1872 York Farm Pottsville, PA 15 Explosion
April 1, 1893 Neilson Shamokin, PA 10 Fire
June 22, 1893 Susquehanna No. 1 Nanticoke, PA 5 Explosion
September 21, 1893 Lance No. 11 Plymouth, PA 6 Explosion
March 13, 1894 Gaylord Plymouth, PA 13 Roof Fall
October 8, 1894 Luke Fidler Shamokin, PA 5 Fire
October 11, 1894 Henry Clay Shamokin, PA 6 Boiler Explosion
October 7, 1895 Dorrance Wilkes-Barre, PA 7 Explosion
June 28, 1896 Twin Pittston, PA 58 Roof Fall
October 19, 1896 Shaft No. 3 Wilkes-Barre, PA 6 Explosion
January 13, 1897 Wadesville Wadesville, PA 5 Crosshead fell/shaft
September 28, 1897 Jermyn No. 1 Rendham, PA 5 Fire
October 30, 1897 Von Storch Scranton, PA 6 Fire
May 26, 1898 Kaska Williams Middleport, PA 6 Inundation
October 1, 1898 Midvale Wilkes-Barre, PA 5 Fire
Novemeber 5, 1898 Exeter West Pittston, PA 9 Cage Accident
November 9, 1900 Buck Mountain Mahanoy City, PA 7 Explosion
October 25, 1901 Buttonwood Plymouth, PA 6 Explosion
November 25, 1902 Luke Fidler Shamokin, PA 7 Explosion
May 5, 1904 Locust Gap Locust Gap, PA 5 Fire
November 2, 1904 Auchincloss Nanticoke, PA 10 Haulage
February 18, 1905 Lytle Minersville, PA 5 Haulage
March 9, 1905 Clear Spring West Pittston, PA 7 Haulage
April 26, 1905 Conyngham Wilkes-Barre, PA 10 Haulage
 August 6, 1906 Susquehanna No. 7  Nanticoke, PA Explosion
March 2, 1907 Holden Taylor, PA 7 Explosion
May 12, 1908 Mount Lookout Wyoming, PA 12 Explosion
May 13, 1908 Prospect Wilkes-Barre, PA 5 Roof Fall/Bump
August 28, 1908 Warrior Run Wilkes-Barre, PA 6 Haulage
March 2, 1909 No. 14 Pittston, PA 8 Explosion
November 9, 1909 Auchinloss Nanticoke, PA 9 Fire
January 11, 1910 Nottingham Plymouth, PA 7 Explosion
March 12, 1910 South Wilkes-Barre Wilkes-Barre, PA 7 Explosion
April 7, 1911 Price-Pancoast Throop, PA 73 Fire
May 10, 1911 Boston Larksville, PA 5 Fire
May 27, 1911 Cameron Shamokin, PA 5 Explosion
January 9, 1912 Parrish Plymouth, PA 6 Explosion
August 2, 1913 East Brookside Tower City, PA 20 Explosion
May 29, 1914 Mary D Mary D, PA 6 Haulage
September 16, 1914 Lehigh No. 4 Lansford, PA 7 Explosion
December 9, 1914 Tripp Scranton, PA 13 Haulage
February 17, 1915 Prospect Wilkes-Barre, PA 13 Explosion
February 18, 1916 Lance Plymouth, PA 7 Explosion
March 9, 1916 Hollenback Wilkes-Barre, PA 6 Explosion
August 8, 1916 Woodward Wilkes-Barre, PA 6 Explosion
June 5, 1919 Baltimore Tunnel No. 2 Wilkes-Barre, PA 92 Explosion
July 7, 1919 Lansford Colliery Lansford, PA 8 Explosion
March 19, 1921 Rahn No. 11 Seek, PA 5 Explosion
February 21, 1923 Alliance Kaska, PA 5 Explosion
June 26, 1923 Richards Colliery Mount Carmel, PA 5 Explosion
December 8, 1923 Mount Jessup No. 1 Jessup, PA 5 Roof Fall/Bump
January 26, 1924 Lancashire No. 18 Shanktown, PA 36 Explosion
June 6, 1924 Loomis Colliery Nanticoke, PA 14 Explosion
April 26, 1925 Hutchinson Millgrove, PA 5 Explosion
May 22, 1925 Woodward Edwardsville, PA 7 Explosion
August 3, 1925 Dorrance Wilkes-Barre, PA 10 Explosion
May 6, 1926 Randolph Colliery Port Carbon, PA 5 Explosion
July 3, 1926 Pettebone Colliery #6 Kingston, PA 7 Explosion
October 30, 1926 Colliery No. 7 Nanticoke, PA 9 Explosion
May 26, 1927 Woodward No. 3 Edwardsville, PA 7 Explosion
May 25, 1928 Baltimore No. 5 Parsons, PA 10 Explosion
August 8, 1930 Gilberton Gilberton, PA 8 Roof Fall
May 29, 1931 Richards Colliery Mount Carmel, PA 5 Explosion
January 21, 1935 Gilberton Gilberton, PA 13 Explosion
May 7, 1935 South Wilkes-Barre, PA Wilkes-Barre, PA 7 Haulage
August 24, 1936 Clear Spring West Pittston, PA 5 Explosion
April 27, 1938 No. 1 Slope Pottsville, PA 8 Explosion
June 2, 1938 Butler Slope Pittston, PA 10 Explosion
September 24, 1943 Primrose Colliery Minersville, PA 14 Explosion
January 15, 1947 Nottingham Plymouth, PA 15 Explosion
April 10, 1947 Schooley Exeter, PA 10 Explosion
December 11, 1947 Franklin Wilkes-Barre, PA 8 Explosion
March 29, 1951 Buttonwood Wilkes-Barre, PA 5 Explosion
January 22, 1959 River Slope Port Griffith, PA 12 Inundation


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