Grave of Dave Lunden Lawson Mine fire boss

Lawson mine after explosion 

Lawson mine hoist foundations

Site Visited 2011

The Lawson Coal Mine was located near the former coal mining town of Black Diamond in King County WA .  The small community of Lawson was established in 1896 as a coal company town. 


On morning of November 6th 1910 an explosion tore through the mine killing sixteen miners.  Eleven of the sixteen miners who perished were recovered, five of the miners were unable to be recovered due to the destruction of the mine workings.


The official cause of the accident was never determined as the lower workings of the mine slope were inaccessible.   Nine of the miners killed in the Lawson Mine are interred at the Black Diamond Cemetery.  Dave Lunden, Fire Boss in a marked grave and eight others in a mass grave.


This disaster essentially brought the community of Lawson to a heartbreaking end.


Today what little remains of the Lawson Mine site is located on private land.


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Lawson Coal Mine