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Near Whitesburg in Letcher County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Scotia Mine Disaster

 
 
Scotia Mine Disaster Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 3, 2016
1. Scotia Mine Disaster Marker
Side One
Inscription.
(Side One)
Scotia Mine Disaster

One of the worst mine disasters in U.S. history. Faulty equipment ignited methane & coal dust due to lack of proper ventilation. On Mar. 9 & 11, 1976, twin explosions took the lives of 26 coal miners and federal mine inspectors in the Scotia mines located nearby. This led to the passage of the Federal Mine Safety & Health Act of 1977.

(Side Two)
In Honor of Those Who Lost Their Lives:

R.M. Sammons, K. Kiser, G. Tussey, D. Gibbs, J. Williams, T.R. Scott, E.S. Combs, R. McKnight, D. Widner, E. Galloway, K. Turner, W. Turner, L.D. McKnight, G. Barker, D. Boggs, J. Hackworth, V. Coots, J. Sturgill, C. Polly, R. Griffith, M. Sturgill, D. Creech, L. Peavy, J.W. Sturgill, I.G. Sparkman, and J.B. Holbrook.

Respiratory Clinics of Eastern Kentucky, MCHC

 
Erected 2010 by Kentucky Historical Society, Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 2314.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Kentucky Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 37° 2.881′ N, 82° 49.76′ W. Marker is near Whitesburg, Kentucky, in Letcher County. Marker is on U.S. 119
Scotia Mine Disaster Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 3, 2016
2. Scotia Mine Disaster Marker
Side Two
2.1 miles west of Kentucky Highway 806, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cumberland KY 40823, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Letcher County Honor Roll (approx. 4.9 miles away); Pilot — Spy — Hero / Francis Gary Powers (approx. 4.9 miles away); Early Settler (approx. 5.4 miles away); Lynch (approx. 7.5 miles away); Lynch Colored High School - West Main High School (approx. 8 miles away); To Honor the Black Coal Miners (approx. 8.1 miles away); Joseph Alexander Matthews (approx. 8.5 miles away); Pioneer Ancestor (approx. 9.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Whitesburg.
 
Also see . . .  Scotia Mine Explosions. From the United States Mine Rescue Association website “Mine Disasters in the United States”. (Submitted on August 23, 2016.) 
 
Categories. DisastersIndustry & Commerce
 
Scotia Mine Disaster Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 3, 2016
3. Scotia Mine Disaster Marker
View to Southwest Along US 119 image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 3, 2016
4. View to Southwest Along US 119
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 111 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page was last revised on August 23, 2016.
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