60th Anniversary of the Knox Mine Disaster

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019 is the 60th anniversary of the Knox Mine Disaster. On January 22, 1959 miners were at work in the River Slope of the Knox Mine Coal Company when the Susquehanna River broke through, allowing the raging icy river to pour into the mine. 12 miners did not make it out, becoming forever entombed in the mine.

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Abandoned gondola car that did not make it into the Knox Mine River Slope. This car sits downstream of the disaster site and can be visited during low water events.

In a desperate attempt to plug the hole in the river, rescuers were pushing gondola train cars into the river to no avail. After 3 days, a coffer dam was built to try to finally close the hole in the river and prevent water from further flooding the mines. The mine was later pumped out, but no bodies were ever recovered. Company greed, negligence, and drilling past the safety stop line lead to a disaster that claimed the lives of 12 men. In addition to loss of life, the disaster site is so fractured that a 2500 foot section leaches mine drainage directly into the Susquehanna River.

The Knox Mine Disaster Documentary premieres tomorrow night. Click here for tickets and information!

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