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Coal Creek, TN Fraterville Mine Disaster, May 1902

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The Fraterville Mine disaster was a coal mine explosion that occurred on May 19, 1902 near the community of Fraterville, in the U.S. state of Tennessee. There were 216 miners who died as a result of the explosion, either from its initial blast or from the after-effects, making it the worst mining disaster in the state's history. The cause of the explosion, although never fully determined, was likely due to the build-up of methane gas which had leaked from an adjacent unventilated mine.  Shortly after the disaster, the bodies of 89 of the 216 miners killed in the explosion were buried in what became known as the Fraterville Miners' Circle at Leach Cemetery in the nearby town of Coal Creek (modern Lake City).  Read more at wikipedia.org >>

Fraterville Mine, Coal Creek. Tenn.; 184 Killed

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

Related Links

Fraterville Mine Explosion at the Tennessee State Library and Archives

Fraterville Mine Disaster 100th Anniversary

List of those that died in the explosion and their place of burial

Fraterville Miners' Circle at Leach Cemetery in Lake City

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