Leadville, CO Rusk-Ivanhoe Tunnel Explosion, Nov 1891


Two Men Killed and Seven Terribly Injured.

LEADVILLE, Col., Nov. 6.---A terrific explosion occurred at the heading of the Rusk-Ivanhoe tunnel last night where nine men were at work. Bob Wilkinson was torn into antoms[sic]. Gus Johnson died in an hour; Jack Aycote had both eyes torn out, three others had legs broken and were internally injured, while three were badly bruised, but not seriously injured. The explosion was caused by one of the men striking giant powder in on of the shots with his drill.

Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 7 Nov 1891