1968 Farmington Mine Disaster (Images of America) by Bob Campione

By Bob Campione

Coal within the usa was once came upon within the 18th century via landowners and farmers at the slopes of the hillsides within the Appalachian area. It used to be no longer till the overdue nineteenth century that this black rock may develop into part of an commercial revolution. one of many first mines to commercially produce coal was once in Fairmont, West Virginia, and started the Consolidated Coal company. On November 20, 1968, the Farmington No. nine mine explosion replaced the process defense for destiny mining and the lives of seventy eight households whose sons, husbands, fathers, and family by no means got here again from the cateye shift the subsequent day.

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