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HISTORIC COAL MINE DISASTERS IN PENNSYLVANIA 1900 - 1976

HISTORIC COAL MINE DISASTERS IN PENNSYLVANIA 1900 - 1976

(one or more fatalities)

Date

Name of Mine

Location of Mine

Killed

Type

11-09-00

Buck Mountain

Mahanoy City, PA

7

Explosion

06-10-01

Port Royal, No. 2

Port Royal, PA

19

Explosion

10-25-01

Buttonwood

Plymouth, PA

6

Explosion

03-06-02

Catsburg

Monongahela, Pa.

5

Explosion

07-10-02

Rolling Mill

Johnstown, PA

112

Explosion

11-29-02

Luke Fidler

Shamokin, PA

7

Explosion

11-21-03

Ferguson

Connellsville, PA

17

Explosion

01-25-04

Hardwick

Cheswick, PA

179

Explosion

05-05-04

Locust Gap

Locust Gap, PA

5

Fire

11-02-04

Auchincloss

Nanticoke, PA

10

Haulage

02-18-05

Lytle

Minerville, PA

5

Haulage

03-09-05

Clear Spring

West Pittston, PA

7

Haulage

04-26-05

Conyngham

Wilkes-Barre, PA

10

Haulage

04-27-05

Eleanora

Dubois, Pa

13

Explosion

07-06-05

Fuller

Searight, PA

6

Explosion

10-10-05

Hazelkirk No. 2

Monongahela, PA

2

Explosion

10-13-05

Clyde

Fredericktown, PA

6

Fire

10-29-05

Hazel Kirk No. 2

Monongahela, PA

5

Explosion

11-15-05

Braznell

Bentleyville, PA

7

Explosion

08-06-06

Susquehanna No. 7

Nanticoke, PA

6

Explosion

10-24-06

Rolling Mill

Johnstown, PA

7

Explosion

03-02-07

Holden

Taylor, PA

7

Explosion

06-18-07

Johnson No. 1

Priceburg, PA

7

Explosion

08-17-07

Sonman

Sonman, PA

5

Haulage

12-01-07

Naomi

Fayette City, PA

34

Explosion

12-19-07

Darr

Jacobs Creek, PA

239

Explosion

05-12-08

Mount Lookout

Wyoming, PA

12

Explosion

05-13-08

Prospect

Wilkes-Barre, PA

5

Roof Fall/Bump

07-15-08

Williamstown

Williamstown, PA

6

Explosion

08-28-08

Warrior Run

Wilkes-Barre, PA

6

Haulage

11-28-08

Rachel and Agnes

Marianna, PA

154

Explosion

01-25-09

Orenda No. 2

Boswell, PA

5

Explosion

03-02-09

No. 14

Pittston, PA

8

Explosion

04-09-09

Eureka No. 37

Wimber, PA

7

Explosion

06-23-09

Lackawanna No. 4

Wehrun, PA

21

Explosion

10-31-09

Franklin No. 2

Johnstown, PA

13

Explosion

11-09-09

Auchinloss

Nanticoke, PA

9

Fire

01-11-10

Nottingham

Plymouth, PA

7

Explosion

02-05-10

Ernest No. 2

Ernest, PA

12

Explosion

03-12-10

So. Wilkes-Barre

S. Wilkes-Barre, PA

7

Explosion

03-22-11

Hazel

Canonsburg, PA

9

Haulage

04-07-11

Price-Pancoast

Troop, PA

73

Fire

05-10-11

Boston

Larksville, PA

5

Fire

05-27-11

Cameron

Shamokin, PA

5

Explosion

07-15-11

Sykesville

Sykesville, PA

21

Explosion

11-09-11

Adrian

Punxuatawney, PA

8

Explosion

01-09-12

Parrish

Plymouth, PA

6

Explosion

07-24-12

Superba & Lemont

Evans Station, PA

18

Inundation

04-23-13

Cincinnati

Finleyville, PA

98

Explosion

08-02-13

East Brookside

Tower City, PA

20

Explosion

05-29-14

Maryd

Maryd, PA

6

Haulage

09-16-14

Lehigh No. 4

Lansford, PA

7

Explosion

12-09-14

Tripp

Scranton, PA

13

Haulage

02-17-15

Prospect

Wilkes-Barre, PA

13

Explosion

05-24-15

Smokeless Valley #1

Johnstown, PA

9

Explosion

07-30-15

Patterson No. 2

Elizabeth, PA

9

Haulage

08-31-15

Orenda

Boswell, PA

19

Explosion

02-08-16

Lance

Plymouth, PA

7

Explosion

02-11-16

Ernest No. 2

Ernest, PA

27

Explosion

03-09-16

Hollenback

Wilkes-Barre, PA

6

Explosion

03-30-16

Robindale

Seward, PA

8

Explosion

08-08-16

Woodward

Wilkes-Barre, PA

6

Explosion

11-18-16

Ocean Mine

Greensbury, PA

8

Roof Fall

03-13-17

Henderson No. 1

Henderson, PA

14

Explosion

08-07-18

Harmer

Harmerville, PA

6

Explosion

06-05-19

Baltimore Tunnel #2

Wilkes-Barre, PA

92

Explosion

07-08-19

Lansford Colliery

Lansford, PA

8

Explosion

06-02-20

Ontario

Cokesburg, PA

6

Explosion

07-19-20

Renton No. 3

Renton, PA

9

Explosion

03-09-21

Rahn No. 11

Seek, PA

5

Explosion

02-02-22

Gates No. 2

Gates, PA

25

Explosion

03-20-22

Dilltown No. 1

Dilltown, PA

5

Explosion

11-06-22

Reilly No. 1

Spangler, PA

79

Explosion

02-21-23

Alliance

Kaska, PA

5

Explosion

06-26-23

Richards Colliery

Mount Carmel, Pa.

5

Explosion

12-08-23

Mount Jessup No. 1

Jessup, PA

5

Roof Fall/Bump

01-26-24

Lancaster No. 18

Shanktown, PA

36

Explosion

06-06-24

Loomis Colleries

Nanticoke, PA

14

Explosion

07-25-24

Gates No. 1

Brownsville, PA

10

Explosion

04-26-25

New Slope

Sewickley, PA

5

Explosion

04-26-25

Hutchinson

Millgrove, PA

5

Explosion

05-22-25

Woodward

Edwardsville, PA

7

Explosion

08-03-25

Dorrance

Wilkes-Barre, PA

10

Explosion

02-03-26

Horning No. 4

Horning, PA

20

Explosion

05-06-26

Randolph Colliery

Part Carbon, PA

5

Explosion

07-03-26

Pettebone Colliery #6

Kingston, PA

7

Explosion

08-26-26

Clymer No. 1

Clymer, PA

44

Explosion

10-30-26

Colliery No. 7

Nanticoke, PA

9

Explosion

04-02-27

No. 53

Cokeburg, PA

6

Explosion

05-26-27

Woodward No. 3

Edwardsville, PA

7

Explosion

02-20-28

Kinloch

Parnassus, PA

12

Explosion

05-19-28

Mather No. 1

Mather, PA

195

List for Explosion

05-25-28

Baltimore No. 5

Parsons, PA

10

Explosion

08-09-28

Hillside

Johnstown, PA

5

Explosion

08-15-28

Irvonis No. 3

Coalport, PA

13

Explosion

03-21-29

Kinloch

Parnassus, PA

46

Explosion

08-08-30

Gilberton

Gilberton, PA

8

Roof Fall/Bump

05-29-31

Richards Colliery

Mount Carmel, PA

5

Explosion

09-11-33

Oakmont

Barking, PA

7

Explosion

01-21-35

Gilberton

Gilberton, PA

13

Explosion

05-07-35

South Wilkes-Barre

Wilkes-Barre, PA

7

Haulage

08-24-36

Clear Spring

West Pittston, PA

5

Explosion

03-28-37

Kramer

Dubois, PA

9

Explosion

01-12-38

Harwick

Harwick, PA

10

Explosion

04-27-38

No. 1 Slope

Pottsville, PA

8

Explosion

06-02-38

Butler Slope

Pittston, PA

10

Explosion

07-15-40

Sonman

Portage, PA

63

Explosion

06-30-41

Kent No. 2

McIntyre, PA

7

Explosion

09-24-43

Primrose Colliery

Minersville, PA

14

Explosion

06-07-44

Emerald

Clarksville, PA

6

Fire

03-12-45

Crucible

Crucible, PA

5

Roof/Bump

01-15-47

Nottingham

Plymouth, PA

15

Explosion

04-10-47

Schooley

Exeter, PA

10

Explosion

12-11-47

Franklin

Wilkes-Barre, PA

8

Explosion

03-29-51

Buttonwood

Wilkes-Barre, PA

5

Explosion

02-02-52

Carpentertown

Carpentertown, PA

6

Explosion

03-27-52

Holmes Slope

Forrestville, PA

5

Inundation

09-23-57

Marianna No. 58

Marianna, PA

6

Explosion

01-22-59

River Slope

Port Griffith, PA

12

Inundation

12-06-62

Robena No. 3

Carmichaels, PA

37

Explosion

Bureau of Mines Bulletin 616, Historical Documentation of Major Coal-Mine Disasters in the United States Not Classified as Explosions of Gas or Dust: 1846-1962

Bureau of Mines Bulletin 586, Historical Summary of Coal-Mine Explosions in the United States, 1810-1958.

Library Archives at the National Mine Health & Safety Academy Library.

Most accident reports are available in the library archives at the Academy. Please contact the MSHA Library at the Academy for availability of a particular report. The Library’s number is 304-256-3267 or 304-256-3229 or contact me at 304-256-3217.

Information for historical metal and nonmetal mine disasters was obtained from Bureau of Mines, I.C. 74-93, Major Disasters at Metal and Nonmetal Mines and Quarries in the United States (Excluding Coal Mines)

MSHA, Office of Injury and Employment Information, MSHA, Denver, Colorado

Library Archives, National Mine Health & Safety Academy.

Some historical metal and nonmetal mine accident reports are available at the MSHA Academy’s Library. Please contact the MSHA Library if you need further information about a particular report. Telephone: 304-256-3267 or 304-256-3229, or call me at 304-256-3217.

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