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Douglas Island, AK Gold Mine Explosion, Mar 1910

23 COAL MINERS KILLED IN ALASKA.

MAGAZINE BLEW UP.

HORSE STANDING NEARBY UN-INJURED AND IS FOUND MUNCHING HAY -- EIGHT MINERS ALSO INJURED.

Juneau, Alaska, March 3. -- Twenty-three miners were killed at midnight last night by the explosion of a powder magazine in the 1,100-foot level of the Mexican Mine, one of the group of Trendwell gold properties on Douglas Island. Eight men were seriously injured, of whom it is feared four will die.
The last shots had been fired by the shift of men twenty minutes before the explosion took place, and the men had assembled at the landing of the skip and were arranging to enter it and go on top.
The magazine which contains 275 pounds of powder was thirty feet away from the place where the men were standing and every man was killed or injured.
Most of the miners were foreigners and only three had families on the island.
The man in charge of the magazine who had locked the door and was standing with the shift waiting to go up was among those killed.
Two horses in the mine were standing side by side. One was killed by the shock and the other when found was munching oats, undisturbed.
The mine was little damaged. The bodies were recovered.
Seven miners at work on the same level but at some distance from the magazine were not injured.

Alton Evening Telegraph Illinois 1910-03-04



article | by Dr. Radut