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The first national mine safety demonstration was held at Forbes Field, in Pittsburgh, PA., on October 30, 1911 under the management and direction of the U. S. Bureau of Mines. Field exhibits were witnessed by President William H. Taft and many officials on both National and State levels. A coal dust explosion was also demonstrated at the Bureau’s experimental mine in Bruceton, PA. Teams of miners trained in first aid and rescue work from every coal mining state took part in the demonstration.

President William H. Taft and Dr. Joseph A. Holmes

President William H. Taft and Dr. Joseph A. Holmes
attend the national mine safety demonstration in
Pittsburgh, PA. Almost 15,000 people were in attendance
- October 30, 1911.

Mine rescue team at Forbes Field

Mine rescue team at Forbes Field



First national mine safety demonstration

First national mine safety demonstration
Forbes Field – Pittsburgh, PA
October 30, 1911



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