“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Wilkes-Barre in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Baltimore Mine Tunnel Disaster

Baltimore Mine Tunnel Disaster Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, October 14, 2015
1. Baltimore Mine Tunnel Disaster Marker
Inscription. Near here, on June 5, 1919, an explosion and fire in the Baltimore Mine Tunnel killed 92 and injured 60 when a fallen trolley wire contacted a cart carrying miners and kegs of blasting powder. One of the deadliest industrial disasters in Pa. history, it attracted international media and organized labor attention. A resulting US Bureau of Mines investigation led to the prohibition of transporting miners and explosives in the same rail car.
Erected 2014 by Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission.
Location. 41° 14.724′ N, 75° 51.636′ W. Marker is in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, in Luzerne County. Marker is on Spring Street. Click for map. The marker is near the Home Depot. Marker is at or near this postal address: 41 Spring Street, Wilkes Barre PA 18702, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Rev. John J. Curran (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Rev. Joseph Murgas (approx. 0.8 miles away); Connecticut Settlement (approx. 0.9 miles away); Early Settlers and War Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.9 miles away); Luzerne County (approx. one mile away); Wyoming Division Canal (approx. 1.1 miles away); U.S.S. Wilkes Barre (approx. 1.1 miles away); Daniel J. Flood (approx. 1.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Wilkes-Barre.
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 116 times since then and 19 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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