Neihart, MT Powder Explosion Deals Death, Apr 1896
TERRIBLE EXPLOSION AT NEIHART, MONT.
THIRTY STICKS OF GIANT POWDER DEALS OUT DEATH -- THIRD DISASTER IN THE STATE IN TWO WEEKS.
Butte, Mont., April 18. -- The Broadwater mine at Neihart was the scene of a terrible explosion early this morning, resulting in the death of seven miners and the serious injury of six others, some of whom cannot recover.
FRANK DORN; JIM MORRISON; HUGH McKENZIE; DAN O'LEARY, DAN ROSE; JOHN KEARNS; JOE DEARBORN.
Injured: MIKE WARD; JAMES COMITY; MIKE COBURN; CHARLES SCHMIDT; JAMES GALLAGHER; JOE DORN.
Of the men killed all were single except FRANK DORN. At last accounts JAMES GALLAGHER was dying. It is also feared that three others will die. A special train carried the wounded to Great Falls. There are several stories as to the cause of the disaster, the most reasonable one being that the magazine, a room used for thawing powder at the middle tunnel of the mine exploded just as the men were returning from lunch at 1 o'clock this morning. One of the men was thawing the powder with the too frequent result. All the powder in the room, some thirty sticks, was exploded. The explosion set off a box of dynamite and scattered death to the men who happened to be passing at the time.
It is the worse accident that has ever happened in Neihart and the town is wrapped in gloom and mourning. It is the third disaster that has occurred in the state within two weeks, this again fulfilling the superstition that one big mining accident is almost immediately followed by two others.
Ogden Standard Examiner Utah 1896-04-21