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Almy No. 2 Mine Disaster 1881

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History and Circumstances

  • Date: 3 Mar 1881
  • Location: Almy, Wyoming
  • Victims: 38 deaths,
  • Cause: Explosion (Coal Mine)

Mine History

Mine Disaster Circumstances

This was the first explosion in a coal mine west of the Mississippi River. On 3 Mar around 8:45 PM, an explosion caused by gas in Mine No. 3 owned by the Central Pacific Mine Company occurred. The explosion killed 38 miners, of these 3 miners were white and 35 Chinese. 15 miners were rescued alive from the fourth level of the mine and 1 was severely burned, Charles Beverage. The only names reported of the miners killed in the explosion were John Barton, Robert Gillespie Jr. and Josiah Crosby.

Unconfirmed theory stated that gases from had built up and encountered the fire that had been burning in the mine for approximately 5 years. And thus, causing the explosion which serious injured and killed those miners working in Mine No. 3 on the evening on 3 Mar 1881.

San Francisco Chronicle, 5 Mar 1881 [1]

In Memoriam

See the category for a list of the men that died, or were injured, in the coal mine explosion.

Men That Died

Explosion - 38 Miners Killed (Only 3 Names Reported)
Miner Deaths
Name Sourced Bio Connected Category
John Barton, 18 Mar 1848, Married, 4 Children, English Yes Yes No Yes
Josiah Crosbie, 38, 4 Jun 1842, Married, 10 children, Scottish Yes Yes No Yes
Robert Gillespie Jr., 25, 3 Jun 1855, Married, Scottish Yes Yes No Yes


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I didn't get the Almy mining history added Dean. You can add it if you want, or let me know and I'll add it. *smile


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