Neihart, MT Powder Explosion Deals Death, Apr 1896

SEVEN DEAD.

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.
The dead:
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

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Broadwater Mine Explosion

MANY MEN KILLED.

Awful Result of an Explosion in a Montana Mine.

Niebart, Mont., April 20. – An explosion occurred in the Broadwater mine at 11:15 Saturday morning, by which seven men lost their lives and six others were seriously hurt. The accident took place in the magazine used for thawing powder. Frank Doran was looking after the powder and had just commenced loading the magazine when the explosion followed. It is supposed that his candle must have ignited some powder. He was found 20 feet from the magazine in another drift, and must have seen the danger and tried to escape. The men had just finished eating their midnight lunch and were on their way back to work. Thirty of them had to pass this magazine, and it exploded as about half were past. Those in the center are dead and seriously wounded.

Evening Bulletin Decatur IL 20 Apr 1896

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Frightful Mine Explosion.

MINNEAPOLIS, April 18. – A special from Niehart, Mont., says: An explosion occurred in the Broadwater mine Saturday by which seven men lost their lives and six others seriously hurt. The dead are: FRANK DORAN, W. J. MORRISON, HUGH McKENZIE, DANIEL O’LEARY, D. H. ROSE and JOHN CAIRS.

Davenport Daily Leader, Davenport IA 19 Apr 1896