DPL Home About FAQ Contact Us Hours

  in:
 text 

Colorado Mining Fatalities

Colorado's major mine accidents: 1884 to 1981

Colorado's major mine accidents, their causes, and number of men killed are as follows:

  • January 24, 1884, Crested Butte Mine, Gunnison Co., Colorado Coal & Iron Co., gas and dust explosion ignited by a lamp,59 killed.
  • November 13, 1885, Bull-Domingo Mine, Custer Co., explosion and fire, 10 killed.
  • September 9, 1889, White Ash Mine, Jefferson Co., White Ash Coal & Mining Co., inundation with water when Old Loveland shaft broke into White Ash workings, 10 killed.
  • January 10, 1893, Como No. 5 Mine, Park Co., Park Coal Co., gas and dust explosion form blown out shot, 24 killed.
  • January 4, 1896, Anna Lee Mine, El Paso Co., caving in of shaft, 8 killed.
  • February 18, 1896, Vulcan Mine, Garfield Co., A.T.&S.F. Coal Co., Explosion of gas and dust ignited by firing shot in the chute, 49 killed.
  • September 3, 1897, Sunshine Mine, Garfield Co., Colorado Fuel & Iron Co., explosion of gas and dust ignited by a lamp, 12 killed.
  • November 20, 1901, Smuggler Union Mine, San Miguel Co., fire, 28 killed.
  • August 7, 1902, Bowen Mine, Las Animas Co., Victor-American Fuel Co., explosion of dust ignited by giant powder, 13 killed.
  • October 28, 1904, Tercio Mine, Las Animas Co., Colorado Fuel & Iron Co., explosion of dust ignited by blown out shots, 19 killed.
  • February 19, 1906, Maitland Mine, Huerfano Co., Victor-American Fuel Co., explosion of gas caused by open lights, 14 killed.
  • April 22, 1906, Cuartro Mine, Las Animas Co., Colorado Fuel & Iron Co., explosion of gas and dust ignited by open light, 19 killed.
  • January 23, 1907, Primero Mine, Las Animas Co., Colorado Fuel & Iron Co., explosion of gas and dust ignited by a safety lamp, 24 killed.
  • July 6, 1909, Toller Mine, Las Animas Co., Cedar Hill Coal & Coke Co., explosion of gas caused by open light, 9 killed.
  • January 31, 1910, Primero Mine, Las Animas Co., Colorado Fuel & Iron Co., explosion of gas and dust, 75 killed.
  • October 8, 1910, Starkville Mine, Las Animas Co., Colorado Fuel and Iron Co., explosion of dust caused by arc from runaway trip, 56 killed.
  • November 8, 1910, Victor-American Fuel Co., Las Animas Co., explosion of gas and dust caused by a fire, 79 killed.
  • December 4, 1910, Leyden mine, Jefferson Co., Leyden Coal Co., mine fire, 10 killed.
  • February 4, 1911, Coakedale Mine, Las Animas Co., Carbon Coal & Coke Co., explosion of dust caused by a blown-out shot, 17 killed.
  • June 18, 1912, Hastings Mine, Las Animas Co., Victor-American Fuel Co., explosion of gas caused by a defective safety lamp, 12 killed.
  • December 16, 1913, Vulcan Mine, Garfield Co., Coryell Mine Leasing, explosion of dust powder caused by an open light, 37 killed.
  • April 27, 1917, Hastings Mine, Las Animas Co., Victor-American Fuel Co., explosion of gas and dust caused by an open safety lamp, 121 killed.
  • March 31, 1919, Empire Mine, Las Animas Co., Empire Coal Co., explosion of gas by short circuiting of electric feed wires, 13 killed.
  • August 18, 1919, Oakdale Mine, Huerfano Co., Oakdale Coal Co., explosion of gas caused by defective safety lamp, 18 killed.
  • March 24, 1922, Sporis No. 2 Mine, Las Animas Co., Colorado Fuel & Iron Co., explosion of gas and dust ignited by an electric arc-cutting machine, 17 killed.
  • May 5, 1923, Southwestern Mine, Las Animas Co., Rocky Mountain Fuel Co., explosion of gas and dust ignited by an open light, 10 killed.
  • January 20, 1936, Monarch No. 2, Mine, Boulder Co., National Fuel Co., explosion of gas caused by an electric arc, 8 killed.
  • January 27, 1942, Wadge Mine, Routt Co., Victor-American Fuel Co., explosion of gas caused by arc-electric machinery, 34 killed.
  • December 28, 1965, Dutch Creek Mine, Pitkin Co., Mid-Continent Coal Co., explosion of gas, 9 killed.
  • April 15, 1981, Dutch Creek No. 1 Mine, Pitkin Co., Mid-Continent Coal Co., 15 killed.

 

Back to topBack to top

Denver Public Library Online ©
Updated: June 25, 2013