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Colorado Mining Fatalities (pre-1963)

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Introduction

The State of Colorado has a rich history of mining which began in the mid-1800s. Many books have been written about Colorado's mining towns with the most noted authors being John K. Aldrich, Robert L. Brown, Perry Eberhart, and George R. Eicher.

In the mid-1800s there was no organized reporting of mine fatalities but in 1884 the death of 59 miners at the Crested Butte coal mine in Gunnison County inspired the State of Colorado to pass legislation requiring mining companies to report their accidents.

Information which may be given for each entry which follows is the name of the person killed, their occupation, nationality, age at death, martial status (S = single, M = married, W = widow), number of surviving children, years of mining experience, county in which the accident occurred, company's name, mine name, date died, cause of the accident, and other comments.

by Gerald E. Sherard, 1995

Bibliography

In the Bibliography list below are given libraries which possess the annual reports. Often more detailed information on the accidents listed is given in these references. In the fatality lists the first three letters of a county's name was used for the county abbreviation except for the following counties:
MOZ - Montezuma
RIB - Rio Blanco
RIG - Rio Grande
SAJ - San Juan
SAM - San Miguel
In addition BD. means buried.

Annual Reports of the State Inspector of Coal Mines, Dept. of Natural Resources, State of Colorado, 1884 - 1962.
(Arthur Lakes Library - Colorado School of Mines, TN805.C6, A2)
(Colorado State Archives)
(Denver Public Library - Western History Upper, C622.33, C719re)
(U.S. Geological Survey Library-Denver, 402(271), C719)

Annual Reports for the Bureau of Mines of the State of Colorado, 1895 & 1896 & 1919 through 1962 (No publications 1925, 1936, 1938, 1940, 1944, 1945, and 1948).
(Arthur Lakes Library - Colorado School of Mines, TN24.06, A2)
(Colorado State Archives)
(Denver Public Library - Business Documents, CD Mil.1: 1896- 1932, CD Con. 3.1: 1933 - 1962)
(U.S. Geological Survey Library - Denver, 402 (271), C72)

Card Index File, "Mine Accidents", Stephen Hart Library, Colorado Historical Society - Denver

"Index to Accidents May 12, 1895 to May 31, 1900", Colorado Dept. of Natural Resources, Bureau of Mines, Colorado State Archives (Basis of data for annual reports for Bureau of Mines)

Raymond, R.W., A Glossary of Mining and Metallurgical Terms (1881)

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