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Coal Miners Memorial Ontario Shaft Mine, Cokeburg, Bethlehem Twp., Washington Co., PA

Coal Mines of Washington Co., PA MAIN INDEX
Ontario Shaft Mine,
Cokeburg,
Bethlehem Twp.,
Washington County,
Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

A Tribute to the Coal Miners that mined the Bituminous Coal seams of the Ontario Shaft Mine, Washington County, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

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Raymond A. Washlaski

Raymond A. Washlaski, Historian, Editor,
Ryan P. Washlaski, Technical Editor,

Updated Nov. 9, 2009

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Ontario Shaft Mine (ca.1920-  ?  ),
Cokeburg, Bethlehem Twp., Washington Co., PA
[Ontario Shaft Mine was listed as a new mine ca.1920.]
Owners: ca.1920-  ?  ),

From the Report of the Department of Mines, 1921

June 2, 1920,
Ontario Shaft, Cokeburg, PA
6 Miners Killed.

The shaft was being sunk and had just reached the coal bed.  Six men were in the crew, and all were killed by the violent explosion that wrecked the shaft and the headframe.  Because of the presence of gas in the coal measures closed lights were being used, but ventilation or inspection for gas was neglected.  The ignition was thought to have been from smoking.

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