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Located along Guys Run and the Allegheny River, on the Pennsylvania Railroad & Harmar Barge Canal, Harmarville, Harmar Twp., Allegheny Co., PA
Owners: (ca.1915- ? ), Harmar Coal Company,
(ca.1918- ? ), Consumers Mining Company,
(ca. ? ), Wheeling - Pittsburgh Steel Corp.
(ca. ? ), Consolidation Coal Company,
(ca. ? ), CONSOL Energy.
|August 7, 1918,
8 Miners Killed.
From the Bureau of Mines Report:
The explosion occurred at 3:20 P.M. while 8 men were in the mine, 5 engaged in moving a pump near the shaft bottom, and 3 in placing guides and buntons in the shaft. These 3 men were working about 40 feet below the collar and were blown to the surface, where they landed 30 or 40 feet from the shaft. The hoisting equipment was wrecked. Within a few minutes three men who were alive were pulled up the shaft by a rope that was let down to them. These three died a few days later. The other two bodies were recovered with the use of breathing apparatus.
The mine had just been unwatered, and although a fan had been
installed it was not used prior to the explosion. Electric incandescent
lamps were being used. Gas accumulated in the workings at the bottom
of the 90 foot shaft and was ignited by an open light or match. The
mine was wet and dust was not ignited. No examination for gas had been
|A group of Harmarville miners ca.1921, Harmar Mine.|
|A very special thanks to Jeanne Svitesic Cecil for many of the names
of the Harmar Mine miners. The miners names have been extracted from
her book "Our Coal-Mining Community Heritage: Harmarville, PA, "
Jeanne Svitesic, 2001. The book is available from the Aspinwall
Bookshop, Aspinwall, PA e-mail JTBooks@city-net.com
A special thanks to Viola Nury Guercione and family for the addition of many more names of the miners that worked at the Harmar Mine.
Memorial, Harmar Mine,
Harmarville, Harmar Twp., Allegheny County, Pennsylvania"
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