Miner's Memorial - Sunshine Mine, Idaho
Posted by: BruceS
N 47° 31.689 W 116° 02.870
11T E 571672 N 5264297
Quick Description: Sculpture is part of memorial for miners who lost their lives in the Sunshine Mine disaster May 2, 1972.
Location: Idaho, United States
Date Posted: 10/6/2007 9:19:26 PM
Waymark Code: WM2BA2
The Sunshine mining disaster occurred May 2, 1972. Fire broke out in the mine
and smoke, carbon monoxide and other gases swept through the mine tunnels and
shafts. There were 178 miners working at various levels in the mine, 85 made it
to safety, 2 miners were found alive seven days later. The last of the 91
victims was brought out of the mine on May 13. The disaster was the worst
hard-rock mining accident in the country since 1917. The Sunshine Mine is the
nation's largest silver mine over a mile deep and over 100 miles of tunnels.
For a fuller account of the disaster see
Rescue Association account.
Located I-90 & Big Creek Road, halfway between Kellogg and Wallace, Idaho;
leading to Sunshine Mine, Idaho