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Sunshine Mine Disaster Memorial - Sunshine Mine, Idaho
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
N 47° 31.689 W 116° 02.870
11T E 571672 N 5264297
Quick Description: Memorial commemorating the worst hard-rock mining disaster in the United States since 1917 which occurred May 2, 1972 at the Sunshine silver mine.
Location: Idaho, United States
Date Posted: 10/6/2007 9:01:37 PM
Waymark Code: WM2B9W
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member cldisme
Views: 130

Long Description:
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 Mine Rescue Association account.

Located I-90 & Big Creek Road, halfway between Kellogg and Wallace, Idaho; leading to Sunshine Mine, Idaho

Disaster Date: 05/02/1972

Date of dedication: 05/02/1974

Memorial Sponsors: State of Idaho

Disaster Type: Technological

Parking Coordinates: Not Listed

Relevant Website: Not listed

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