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Tonopah in Nye County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Belmont Mine Fire Mural

Dedicated November 19, 2005

 
 
Belmont Mine Fire Marker remembering Big Bill Murphy image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Chris English
1. Belmont Mine Fire Marker remembering Big Bill Murphy
Inscription.  The mural you are viewing was painted by noted mural artist, Lee Bowerman of Grand Junction, Colorado and is dedicated to Nevada Mine Safety in remembrance of the Belmont Mine Fire of February 23, 1911 and the heroism of cage tender, William F. (Big Bill) Murphy. The mural depicts Big Bill's heroic attempts to rescue fellow miners from the depths of the earth where he and seventeen others lost their lives on this tragic day in the mining history of Tonopah. This mural was made possible through grants from Equatorial Mines. Inc., Nye County Commissioners and donations from interested citizens of the State of Nevada.
 
Erected 2005.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Disasters. A significant historical month for this entry is February 1718.
 
Location. 38° 4.045′ N, 117° 13.846′ W. Marker is in Tonopah, Nevada, in Nye County. Marker is on Bryan Avenue south of Main Street/Veterans Memorial Highway (U.S. 6), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Tonopah NV 89049, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "Big" Bill Murphy (a few steps from this marker);
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Mizpah Hotel (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Suffrage Leader (about 300 feet away); Tonopah (about 500 feet away); Jim and Belle Butler (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Leasers (approx. 0.2 miles away); Stopes (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mizpah Mine Powder Magazine (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tonopah.
 
"Big" Bill Murphy Marker, Memorial Sculpture and Mural image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Chris English
2. "Big" Bill Murphy Marker, Memorial Sculpture and Mural
The marker is visible at the far right of this view.
Belmont Mine Fire Mural image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Chris English
3. Belmont Mine Fire Mural
The largest amount of mural square footage is about Big Bill Murphy. A panel depicts the mine rescue operations.
Wm. F. Murphy image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Chris English
4. Wm. F. Murphy
Age 28
Belmont
Mine Fire
Died while
saving others
Feb. 23, 1911
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 28, 2019. It was originally submitted on September 11, 2012, by Chris English of Phoenix, Arizona. This page has been viewed 896 times since then and 57 times this year. Last updated on January 28, 2019, by Bruce Guthrie of Silver Spring, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 7, 2012, by Chris English of Phoenix, Arizona. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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