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Fraterville in Anderson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Fraterville Disaster

 
 
Fraterville Disaster Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, March 4, 2017
1. Fraterville Disaster Marker
Inscription. The Fraterville Mine exploded on May 19, 1902, killing all 216 miners. Poignant farewell messages were found on the bodies of Jacob Vowell, Powell Harmon, John Hendren, Harry Beach, Scott Chapman, James Brooks, R.S. Brooks, George Hutson, Frank Sharp, and James Elliott.

The tragedy was exacerbated by the fact that male members of entire families perished including five Dezern brothers, Peter Childress and his three sons, John McKamey and his three sons, and Bannister Vowell and his three sons. Only three adult males were left alive in the town and it remains the South's worst mining disaster.
 
Erected by Coal Creek Watershed Foundation.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Coal Creek Watershed marker series.
 
Location. 36° 12.317′ N, 84° 10.033′ W. Marker is in Fraterville, Tennessee, in Anderson County. Marker is at the intersection of Briceville Highway (Tennessee Route 116) and Andy's Ridge Road, on the left when traveling north on Briceville Highway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lake City TN 37769, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Itinerant Miners' Cemetery (here, next to this marker); Village of Brothers

Fraterville Disaster Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, March 4, 2017
2. Fraterville Disaster Marker
Marker is on the right.
(here, next to this marker); Militia Hill (approx. 0.7 miles away); Breastworks (approx. 0.7 miles away); American Chestnuts (approx. 0.7 miles away); Fire on Coal Creek (approx. 0.7 miles away); State Coal Mine (approx. 0.7 miles away); Siege on Fort (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fraterville.
 
Also see . . .
1. Fraterville Mine Disaster. (Submitted on April 1, 2017, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.)
2. For One More Breath: The Fraterville Mine Disaster. (Submitted on April 4, 2017, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.)
 
Categories. DisastersIndustry & Commerce
 
Fraterville Miner's Circle - Leach Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, March 4, 2017
3. Fraterville Miner's Circle - Leach Cemetery
Fraterville Disaster Monument - Leach Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, March 4, 2017
4. Fraterville Disaster Monument - Leach Cemetery
Fraterville Disaster Monument - Leach Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, March 4, 2017
5. Fraterville Disaster Monument - Leach Cemetery
Fraterville Disaster Monument - Leach Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, March 4, 2017
6. Fraterville Disaster Monument - Leach Cemetery
Fraterville Disaster Monument - Leach Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, March 4, 2017
7. Fraterville Disaster Monument - Leach Cemetery
Erected to the memory of the 184 men and boys who lost their lives in the Fraterville Mine Explosion May 19,1902.
Leach Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, March 4, 2017
8. Leach Cemetery
Longfield Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, March 4, 2017
9. Longfield Cemetery
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 6, 2017. This page originally submitted on April 1, 2017, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 249 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on April 1, 2017, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.   7, 8, 9. submitted on April 4, 2017, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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