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West Kentucky No. 7 Mine Disaster 1927

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Date: 3 Aug 1927 [unknown]
Location: Clay, Webster County, Kentuckymap
Surnames/tags: Mining_Disasters Kentucky Disasters
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History and Circumstances

  • Date: 3 Aug 1927
  • Location: Clay, Kentucky
  • Victims: 16 deaths
  • Cause: Coal mine explosion

Rescue Efforts

:Twenty nurses and doctors were ready for emergency cases at the entrance and ambulances were drawn up to transport any survivors who may be found.

Sixteen of the miners who were preparing to come to the surface at the time of the explosion were rescued last night. They were 10 white men and six Negroes. None of them was seriously injured.

Results and Findings

The explosion was caused by an accumulation of gas in the middle entry of #10 left entry. A miner had shot two bottom holes at about 3:15pm and had started out of the mine. One of these shots went into a pocket of gas and liberated a large quanity of gas in this heading. [1]
Ten years ago an explosion in the same mine took 62 lives.


Name Sourced Bio Connected Category
West Carter
Green Russell
John Dogan
John Clark
"Bess" Money
Mat Gobin
Ada Shanklin
Charles Harper
Burgess Harper
Luther Melton
Corbett E Tabor (1895-1927) Yes Yes
Boyd Lane
James Meyers
George Cole
Mark Townsend
Arthur Shelton



  1. Final Investigation Report, West Kentucky No. 7 Mine Disaster 1927
  2. West Kentucky Coal Company, West Kentucky No. 7 Mine Explosion, USMRA



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