Location: Diamondville, Lincoln, Wyoming, United States
Surnames/tags: Mining_Disasters Wyoming Wyoming_Coal_Mining_Disasters
Contact: United States Mining Disasters
History and Circumstances
- Date: 12 Feb 1889
- Location: Diamondville, Wyoming
- Victims: 2 deaths, # injuries
- Cause: Asphyxiation
- Diamondville, Wyoming is located South of Kemmerer, Wyoming. In 1868, a man by the name of Harrison church discovered coal near the Hams Fork River. He built a cabin on the hill where part of modern Diamondville now stands. Realizing the area’s potential, he sought financial backing from a group in Minneapolis, who eventually formed the Hams Fork River Coal Company, incorporated in 1884. Later S.F. Fields, a promoter from Salt Lake City, Utah, took over management of the company and with the financial backing of the Anaconda Mining Company, renamed it the Diamond Coal & Coke Company.
- Diamondville was incorporated about 1896 with a Scot immigrant, Thomas Sneddon, as the first Mayor. Most of the original settlers came from Almy, Wyoming, where they had been working in the Almy mines, which had been closed after explosions in 1881, 1886, and 1896. Like many of the other miners in the area he previously had been in the service of the Union Pacific Coal Co. in Almy near Evanston.
- Diamondville got its name from the quality of the superior-grade coal from the local mines that seemed to resemble black diamonds.
|Diamondville Mine Buildings|
Mine Disaster Circumstances
Ten brave men were risking their lives endeavoring to reopen the Diamondville No. 1 coal mine. They were all knocked down, one by one, by "Black Damp". When help arrived, two were already dead, and the others were resuscitated with great difficulty. The names of the dead are John L. Russell and Lee Wright.  "Black Damp" is a mixture of unbreathable gases in an enclosed area and mainly consists of nitrogen, argon, carbon dioxide and water vapor. The gases displaces oxygen in the air. The term black damp comes from the German dampf, "vapors."
|The Deseret News, Salt Lake City, Utah – 14 Feb 1899 |
Results and Findings
Men That Died
Men That Were Injured
- ↑ Historic Diamondville. The Town of Diamondville, n.d. Web. 6 July 2017. www.DiamondvilleWyo.com
- ↑ USMineDisasters.MiningQuiz.com Diamondville 1899 news
- ↑ News.Google.com
- See Also:
- Wikipedia: Diamondville, Wyoming
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