MANY KILLED IN A MINE.
Gas Causes a Disaster in a Shaft at Carbonado, Wash.
Thirty-two Out of the Seventy-six Men in the Mine Are Dead -- Two Remarkable Rescues.
CARBONADO, Wash. (Special) -- The greatest mining accident in the history of coal mining of this State occurred when an explosion took place in Shaft No. 7, of the Carbon Hill coal mines, forty miles east of Tacoma. Thirty-two miners lost their lives. The total number of men in the unfortunate shaft was seventy-six, of whom forty-four are alive, having escaped or been rescued.
The victims were among the best class of miners employed in this State. Most of the men were married and lived with their families in snug cottages at Carbonado, which stands on a hill 900 feet above the entrance to the mine workings.
The cause of the disaster is unknown, but it is supposed the miners working between the 300 and 600 foot levels broke into the old mine workings, which were filled with gas. The explosion followed as soon as this outpouring gas came in contact with the first miner's lamp. The theory of Superintendent DAVIES is that a small pocket of gas was opened, became ignited, and caused the terrific explosion of dust which resulted in all the damage and loss of life.
The story was told by the body of Ben Zeilder and lying beside it, the open lamp and unlighted pipe.
The Cranbury Press New Jersey 1899-12-15
Researched and Transcribed by Stu Beitler
The Public Chicago April 14, 1900 No. 106
The time that Carbonado did spend as a coal mining town is forever kept by the Carbonado cemetery.
The Cemetery has approx. 355 recorded burials. I recently counted 21 identifiable graves from the mining disaster of Dec 9, 1899.
One interesting grave is that of Michael Kiscsihnko d. Dec 10, 1899.
Kiscihnko was originally listed in the Cranberry press news paper as a fatality of Dec 9. The paper also indicated 32 fatalities. The historical record cites 31 fatalities.
Another mystery is that of the burial site of Ben Zeidler (Zelder), who was found to be at fault for the disaster.