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Moweaqua in Christian County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Moweaqua Coal Mine Disaster

 
 
Moweaqua Coal Mine Disaster Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, April 30, 2012
1. Moweaqua Coal Mine Disaster Marker
Inscription. This is the site of the Moweaqua Coal Mine Disaster which on December 24, 1932, took the lives of all 54 miners entering the mine that day. The Moweaqua Coal Mine was Shelby County's largest. An unprecedented drop in barometric pressure allowed methane gas to escape into the mine. The explosion occurred at 8 a.m. when the gas was ignited by open flame carbide lights. Efforts of rescue teams searching for survivors were in vain, although all bodies were recovered. This marked the end of the era of open flame carbide lights.
 
Erected 1990 by The Moweaqua Coal Mine Museum and the Illinois State Historical Society.
 
Location. 39° 37.239′ N, 89° 1.31′ W. Marker is in Moweaqua, Illinois, in Christian County. Marker is on West Cherry Street west of South Plum Street, in the median. Click for map. Marker is on the grounds of the Pogenpohl Ready-Mix Plant. Marker is in this post office area: Moweaqua IL 62550, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Moweaqua Coal Mine Disaster Memorial (here, next to this marker); Lincoln's Cavalry Guard (approx. 0.3 miles away); Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District
Moweaqua Coal Mine Disaster Marker & Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, April 30, 2012
2. Moweaqua Coal Mine Disaster Marker & Memorial
(approx. 13 miles away); First Home in Illinois of Abraham Lincoln (approx. 13.4 miles away); Whitley Mill and Dam (approx. 13.4 miles away); First Home of Abraham Lincoln in Illinois (approx. 13.4 miles away); Site of the Lincoln Cabin (approx. 13.4 miles away).
 
Categories. Disasters
 
Pogenpohl Ready-Mix Plant image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, April 30, 2012
3. Pogenpohl Ready-Mix Plant
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 637 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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