THE PABST MINE DISASTER OF
By Bruce K. Cox
A day-by-day account of the famous PABST iron mine disaster and its aftermath. On September 24, 1926 in Ironwood, Michigan, part of the hanging wall of the PABST "G" shaft collapsed, sealing the shaft, killing three men and trapping forty-three others for five days. It made the national news. After eating their lunches over the first day, the men had nothing to eat or drink for all the remainder of the time except water that dripped down from the ceiling. Some of them peeled pieces of birch bark off the mining timbers and made some nasty "birch bark tea". Nobody up on the surface knew whether they were dead or alive, and the suspense played on people's nerves. Large funerals were held for the three men who died; their bodies were recovered within a day of the accident; but the men up above could not be reached until September 29th. When the men were finally reached and came up out of the mine, half of them accused the Oliver Iron Mining Company of putting them in danger by having them work in a shaft that the company allegedly knew was unsafe. Photographs and biographies of the men are included, along with many illustrations. The book also includes an index. Published 24 June 2006.
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Details: iv + 76 pages, comb-bound, 8 ½
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