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Neihart, Montana

Broadwater Mine Explosion

April 18, 1896


Awful Result of an Explosion in a Montana Mine.

Niebart, Mont., April 20. – An explosion occurred in the Broadwater mine at 11:15 Saturday morning, by which seven men lost their lives and six others were seriously hurt. The accident took place in the magazine used for thawing powder. Frank Doran was looking after the powder and had just commenced loading the magazine when the explosion followed. It is supposed that his candle must have ignited some powder. He was found 20 feet from the magazine in another drift, and must have seen the danger and tried to escape. The men had just finished eating their midnight lunch and were on their way back to work. Thirty of them had to pass this magazine, and it exploded as about half were past. Those in the center are dead and seriously wounded.

Evening Bulletin Decatur Il 20 Apr 1896


Frightful Mine Explosion.

MINNEAPOLIS, April 18. – A special from Niehart, Mont., says: An explosion occurred in the Broadwater mine Saturday by which seven men lost their lives and six others seriously hurt. The dead are: FRANK DORAN, W. J. MORRISON, HUGH McKENZIE, DANIEL O’LEARY, D. H. ROSE and JOHN CAIRS.

Davenport Daily Leader, Davenport IA 19 Apr 1896

Articles transcribed by Jenni Lanham.  Thank you, Jenni!


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