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Topics in Chronicling America - Monongah Mine Disaster, 1907

The Monongah Mine Disaster is widely considered to be the worst mine disaster in American history. On December 6, 1907, mines 6 and 8 of the Monongah Mine in West Virginia suffered a devastating explosion. The explosion destroyed much of the mine as well as the surface. It killed most miners instantly and trapped others below, making rescue attempts difficult and dangerous. Read more about it!

The information and sample article links below provide access to a sampling of articles from historic newspapers that can be found in the Chronicling America: American Historic Newspapers digital collection (http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/). Use the Suggested Search Terms and Dates to explore this topic further in Chronicling America.


Headline about the Monongah Mine Disaster, 1907.

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Important Dates:

  • December 6, 1907. Around 10:00 am, an explosion rocked mines 6 and 8, killing hundreds instantly, and trapping the over 300 survivors.
  • December 7, 1907. Damage to ventilation systems hamper rescue operations..
  • December 12, 1907. Newspaper estimates of 400 to 500 dead.

Suggested Search Strategies:

  • [Try the following terms in combination, proximity, or as phrases using Search Pages in Chronicling America.] mine, explosion, Monongah, West Virginia
  • It is important to use a specific date range if looking for articles for a particular event in order to narrow your results: December 6, 1904 – December 31, 1904.

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