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Quecreek Mine Accident and Rescue

 
 
Quecreek Mine Accident and Rescue Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 7, 2009
1. Quecreek Mine Accident and Rescue Marker
Inscription.
On July 28, 2002, nine coal miners, trapped for four days due to flooding of the Quecreek Mine, were saved via a rescue shaft drilled here. Combined efforts of local, state, and federal agencies, mining and other industries, local mine workers, emergency responders, and community members led to the rescue. The incident prompted changes in mine safety, mapping, and drilling methods. It roused national media & public attention.

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Monument for Life

The symbol of the red oak, here, is of course, faith. The 9 evergreens are to represent miners, but in a larger sense, all of us. We all must sometimes bind ourselves together as “the nine” did when the leaves of faith have fallen like that of the oak in autumn. When we long for the shelter of the oak to protect us from the cold and dark, we must realize that in the coldest winter of our lives, or the darkest mine, when there seems to be no life in the oak His roots run deep. His limbs outstretched - calling us to Him. And in His shadow, we will all be reborn in spring.

The Arnold Family
 
Erected 2006 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Location. 40° 4.692′ 
Quecreek Mine Accident and Rescue Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 7, 2009
2. Quecreek Mine Accident and Rescue Marker
N, 79° 5.143′ W. Marker is near Somerset, Pennsylvania, in Somerset County. Marker is on Haupt Road (Local Route 623) 0.1 miles west of Somerset Pike (Pennsylvania Route 985), on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Memorial is about five miles north of the town of Somerset. Marker is at or near this postal address: 151 Haupt Road, Somerset PA 15501, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Somerset County Korean War / Vietnam War Memorial (approx. 4.8 miles away); Somerset County World War II Memorial (approx. 4.8 miles away); Somerset County World War I Memorial (approx. 4.8 miles away); Somerset County (approx. 4.8 miles away); 142nd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry (approx. 4.8 miles away); Adam Schneider (approx. 4.8 miles away); Edgewood Aerie 1801 F.O.E. World War II Memorial (approx. 4.8 miles away); Early Bible (approx. 4.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Somerset.
 
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Quecreek Mine Accident and Rescue Memorial and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 7, 2009
3. Quecreek Mine Accident and Rescue Memorial and Marker
Quecreek Mine Accident Memorial Statue image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 7, 2009
4. Quecreek Mine Accident Memorial Statue
Quecreek Mine Monument for Life Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 7, 2009
5. Quecreek Mine Monument for Life Marker
Quecreek Mine Accident Rescue Shafts image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 7, 2009
6. Quecreek Mine Accident Rescue Shafts
Rescue shaft on left and airshaft on right.
Quecreek Mine Accident Rescue Shafts image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 7, 2009
7. Quecreek Mine Accident Rescue Shafts
Rescue shaft in foreground and airshaft in background. Haupt Road guardrail at background right.
Quecreek Mine Accident Airshaft image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 7, 2009
8. Quecreek Mine Accident Airshaft
Six inch airshaft - drilled July 24, 2002 240ft. into the Quecreek mine.
Quecreek Mine Accident Rescue Shaft image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 7, 2009
9. Quecreek Mine Accident Rescue Shaft
Actual rescue shaft for the evacation of the (9) miners July 28, 2002. 240ft.
Quecreek Mine Rescue Shaft #2 image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 7, 2009
10. Quecreek Mine Rescue Shaft #2
Rescue shaft #2, started when rescue shaft #1 broke. Stopped at 150ft.
Quecreek Mine Accident Air Lock image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 7, 2009
11. Quecreek Mine Accident Air Lock
Air lock - part of plan "B" to be used to maintain the "air pocket" if the water couldn't be pumped out. Designed with the help of the U.S. Navy.
Quecreek Mine Accident Air Lock and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 7, 2009
12. Quecreek Mine Accident Air Lock and Marker
Quecreek Mine Accident Memorial Sculptor Signature image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 7, 2009
13. Quecreek Mine Accident Memorial Sculptor Signature
Quecreek Mine Accident Memorial Miner Statue Detail image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 7, 2009
14. Quecreek Mine Accident Memorial Miner Statue Detail
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 2,259 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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