Carbondale, PA Slate Fall In Mine, Jan 1846


We have some further details relative to the accident in the coal mines at Carbondale, of which we gave a short account on Wednesday. The Wayne Co. Herald, published in the immediate vicinity, says:
On Monday an immense mass of slate, about seven acres in extent, fell from the roof of one of the mines of the Delaware & Hudson Canal Company, at Carbondale, upon the workmen below.
The spot where the slate fell, was a mile from the mouth of the mine. Three persons were taken out seriously injured, one of whom, a boy, died soon after the accident. Of the others, hopes are entertained of their recovery.
The boy who died was riding a horse at the time of the accident, and is supposed to have been pulled by the force of the air rushing toward the mouth of the mine -- the horse was also killed. The other persons who were taken out were also injured by the rushing of the air. About one hundred and fifty men who were at work mining, some distance from the place of the accident, escaped -- but horrible to relate, fifteen persons, who were at work propping up the mines, were either crushed instantly or are walled in without any hope of becoming rescued, as it will take weeks to remove the immense mass of slate which has fallen in; and yet, if alive, will be compelled to die one of the most horrible of all deaths -- that of starvation. We have been furnished with the names of the missing persons -- four of whom have families.
They are as follows:
a son of Widow BRENNIN.
We are informed upon good authority, that this accident will not retard the operations of the Company.
One of the fifteen above mentioned, however, has been fortunate enough to escape uninjured, after an incarceration of forty eight hours. MR. HOSEY, the one alluded to, was formerly a resident of New York, and has been for some time an overseer in the mines. The following letter, copied from the Courier & Enquirer, details the method by which he escaped:

Carbondale, Jan. 14, 1846.
MR. JOHN HOSEY came out of the mines this morning, not having received serious injury, except that he has cut and lacerated his hands by working his way through the rocks and slate during forty-eight hours.

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Anthony Welsh or Walsh

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mine fire

Hi. I have been hearing about an underground mine fire in carbondale pa. I was told the carbon monoxide killed people in the homes and that part of town was demolished. It's now called garbagedale in that section, since it's covered in garbage. I also heard no one talks about it.
I can't find any info on it and can't find the area it happened...

1846 mine disaster

Hi Stu, Just a briefing on the carbondale 1846 mine disaster. I actually live over the accident. our home was an infirmary for the miners and also have been in the 1846 mine disaster mine. I plan on having a book written by the beggining on next year. If i could just correct the name of the men and boys who were killed, maybe you can correct them as well.

Patrick Clark 14 yrs old - "Door boy" he was not riding the horse, the horse was trapped and the cart full of coal hit him and broke ever bone in his body, he died two days later in our home. The company made the decision to put the horse out of his misery, as well if the men and boys trapped needed food.

Patrick Leonard
Henry Moore
James Mcgrath
Patrick Walker
Patrick Mitchell
John Brennan
Peter Crowley
Anthony Walsh
Mark Brennan
William Clines
Michael Toolan
Henry Devanney
John Farrell
Ebenezer Williams
Roderick Phillips - Died in the Supers arms
Patrick Clarke- Door boy blown from the mine and crushed by the cart of coal

The last 14 remain I took the liberty to name the horse "Shawdow"


Dawn Race

If you have any questions about this paticular mine disaster "No # 2 Drift" 1846 you can reach me at my email

Our city has NO regonition of these poor souls, considering they were the FIRST underground miners in America....