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.
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- 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:
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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.
Sample Articles from Chronicling America:
- "Four Hundred Dead in Mine Explosion,"
The Washington Times., (Washington, D.C.),
December 06, 1907, Last Edition, Page 13, Image 13, Col. 1 .
- "Worst Mining Disaster in the History of America,"
The Salt Lake Tribune., (Salt Lake City, Utah) ,
December 07, 1907, Page 1, Image, Col. 6-7.
- "Terrible Disaster,"
The Wenatchee Daily World., (Wenatchee, Wash.) ,
December 07, 1907, Image 1, Col. 3.
- "Over 550: Expected Death List From Explosion Will Reach This Number,"
Bismarck Daily Tribune (Bismarck, Dakota),
December 08, 1907, Page 1, Image 1, Col. 1.
- "Search for the Dead,"
Omaha Daily Bee., (Omaha, Neb.) ,
December 08, 1907, NEWS SECTION, Page 1, Image 1, Col. 3.
- "Many Men Die,"
The Manning Times., (Manning, Clarendon County, S.C.),
December 11, 1907, Page 1, Image 1, Col. 6.
- "Died in a Mine,"
The Abbeville Press and Banner (Abbeville, S.C.),
December 11, 1907, PART SECOND., Image 11, Col. 8.
- "400 Are Killed by Explosion,"
Mexico Missouri Message., (Mexico, Audrain County, Mo.),
December 12, 1907, Page 2, Image 2, Col. 3.
- "Five Hundred Dead ,"
The Muskogee Cimeter., (Muskogee, Indian Territory, Okla.) ,
December 13, 1907, Page 2, Image 2, Col. 2.