Diamondville, WY "Blown" Shot Explosion In Mine, Dec 1905
EIGHTEEN KILLED IN MINE.
AN AWFUL DISASTER OCCURS IN THE COLLIERY AT DIAMONDVILLE WYOMING.
"BLOWN" SHOT OF POWDER.
BUT MEAGER DETAILS OF THE HORROR CAN BE HAD AS YET.
Special to Daily Times-Tribune.
Salt Lake City, Dec. 2. -- An explosion occurring late Friday night in mine No. 1, at Diamondville, Wyo., caused heavy loss of life. One telegram received here states that 18 men were killed. Another dispatch states that 18 to 35 men were caught in the mine when the explosion occurred. Reports received in Salt Lake City state the explosion was caused by a "blown" shot.
Through telephonic communication with the mine offices at Diamondville it is learned that 18 men, all who were in the mine, were killed. Nearly all of these were English miners, who came to the Wyoming mines direct from England. At 11 o'clock Saturday five bodies had been recovered. Had the full night shift been at work in the mine, the loss of life probably would have been appalling. The small shift of 18 men were working 4,000 feet down in the mine, knocking down coal to be taken out by the day shift. Presumably, the men were close together in a bunch when the "blown" shot of giant powder exploded. At the mine offices it is said that the workings are not materially damaged and that the mine will be shipping its usual output within four or five days.
Waterloo Times-Tribune Iowa 1905-12-03