1968 Farmington Mine Disaster

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Coal in the United States was discovered in the 18th century by landowners and farmers on the slopes of the hillsides in the Appalachian region. It was not until the late 19th century that this black rock would become a part of an industrial revolution. One of the first mines to commercially produce coal was in Fairmont, West Virginia, and began the Consolidated Coal Corporation. On November 20, 1968, the Farmington No. 9 mine explosion changed the course of safety for future mining and the lives of 78 families whose sons, husbands, fathers, and loved ones never came back from the cateye shift the next day.
ISBN: 9781467123785
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: West Virginia
Series: Images of America
Images: 138
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
In a community where most men worked in the mining industry, author Bob Campione was a young man of 20 going to school and working as a news photographer. The first major incident Campione covered as a reporter was the tragic death of four men at Mine No. 9 on April 30, 1965. Little did he know that one day he would return to that very same location only to see smoke pouring out of the ground. Bob Campione would be there for the next 10 days, recording the events as they took place, and many of his photographs have never been seen or published until now.
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