Burnett was named for Charles Hiram Burnett, Sr. a pioneer coal industrialist and real estate investor who operated a coal mine in the town of Burnett.
Sixteen Men Die In Mine Frightful Explosion in Washington Mine Snuffs Out Lives
Tacoma, Wash., Dec. 8th 1904 The mining town of Burnett, which was the scene of a frightful explosion yesterday afternoon, was visited by hundreds of sepctators [sic] to-day. An air of profound gloom pervades the little town, the mine being a mile or more from the business section.
The death list will, it is feared, reach sixteen, twelve bodies having already been recovered and little hope being entrtaind [sic] for the other four.
Joseph Forsyth, a foreman with the working party, is the only one rescued alive.
Ventilation has been established and is working satisfactorily, but it is not believed that any of the men will be rescued alive. Every effort is being made and a strong force is doing its utmost.
Reno Evening Gazette, Reno, NV 8 Dec 1904
Burnett saw another mining disaster on December 17th 1924 when seven were killed in a mine explosion.
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