Homestake Mountain, CO Snow Slide Feb 1885
THE SNOW SLIDE VICTIMS.
Leadville, April 27. - The searching party has just returned from Homestake Mountain, having found 10 bodies in the cabin, probably killed by the snow slide two weeks ago. The bodies are to be brought here tomorrow.
Denver, April 27. - The rescuing party which left Leadville yesterday morning for the scene of the terrible calamity at Homestake mine, reached there at 8 o'clock. Several excavations were made before the cabins could be located. The first one found contained the provisions, etc. No bodies were found here. The bunk house was next reached, where 11 bodies were found. One body stood erect, with head thrown forward, as if listening, the whole position indicating apprehension. Near him lay one of his comrades on a bunk, face downward, with his arms crossed under his head. Several logs lay on his body. Three bodies were found in an upper bunk, clasped in each others' arms, and so strongly were they interlocked as to require a force of six men to separate them. One man was found beside his bunk, in the attitude of praying. In another part of the cabin were two bodies, crushed between fallen timbers. The other bodies were found lying above the cabin, as if thrown from the bunks by the shock. No doubt death was caused by suffocation in nearly every case. A clock and a watch were found, which had stopped precisely at 3:30. From letters and papers found it is believed the slide occurred about the 20th of February. The report that some of the men had been seen a fortnight ago proved without foundation. The bodies were taken to Leadville.
The Victims Are:
HORACE W. MATTHEWS.
The Dallas Daily Herald Texas 1885-04-28