Crystal Falls, MI Mine Disaster, Sept 1893


The Terrible Tragedy That Occurred Friday.

In Which Nearly Half a Hundred Souls Went Down To Death Separated By Their Loved Ones - The Work Of Rescuing.

DETROIT, Sept. 30 - A special to the News from Iron Mountain, Michigan says: It is reported here that the Mansfield mine, a few miles from Crystal Falls, caved in and killed forty miners.

[Crystal Falls, near where this horrible calamity occurred, is in Marquette county in the northwestern part of Michigan - on the Peninsula - and some 40 miles from Lake Superior. It is one of the greatest iron mining regions of the world and tens of thousands of men are there employed in the various mines.]

The Sad Story Confirmed.
ISHPEMING, MICH., Sept. 30 -“ A heavy fall of ground occurred at the Mansfield mine, near Crystall Falls this morning, entombing forty men with but little or no chance of escape. The water at this mine rises fast, the ore being soft, and the chances of rescuing any of the unfortunates alive are very poor. The situation is awful and the scene around the large cave-in is heartrending. A rescue party is doing everything possible to reach the poor fellows with little hope of reaching them in time.

Forty-five Dead - Fifteen Escape.
MARQUETTE, MICH., Sept. 30 - A dispatch from Crystal Falls states that the Mansfield mines is seven miles east of that village on the Menominee range, the main shaft of the mine extending under the Michigan river. When the cave-in occurred, it turned the stream into the mine, flooding it almost instantly. There were sixty men working in the mine when the disaster occurred, and of this number fifteen made their escape. It is not thought possible that any of the remaining forty-five men can be rescued alive.

Terrible Scenes - Drowned Like Rats.
IRON MOUNTAIN, MICH., Sept. 30 - The latest information from the scene of the mine disaster at Mansfield states that the accident occurred during the night, and when the water of the Michigan river came rushing into the mine the men at work were entrapped like a lot of rats. It is not possible that any escaped. Most of the victims are Cornishmen and nine-tenths of them are men with large families. This fact lends additional horror to what is one of the worst disasters which has befallen the mining industry in the upper peninsula. The number of the victims is now placed at thirty-seven. Mansfield is an isolated station on the Chicago and Northwestern road. The greatest excitement prevails, and it is almost impossible to get connected details of the disaster and the names of the victims. The wives and children of the buried miners are rending the air with their cries and waiting.

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my great grandfather- Abraham Kohlar

My great-grandfather was killed in this mining disaster at a very young age. I sometimes have dreams of being trapped and drowning. I wish that I could have met this brave soul.
Susie H.