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Avondale Mine Disaster Victims

 
 
Avondale Mine Disaster Victims Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., September 7, 2019
1. Avondale Mine Disaster Victims Marker
Inscription.  

On September 6, 1869, the mine shaft at the Avondale Mine near Plymouth, PA caught fire. 108 men and boys lost their lives when their only chance of escape was blocked. Two rescuers also perished. Avondale stands as the most deadly mining disaster in the anthracite coal industry.

May the men and boys of the Avondale Mine disaster always be remembered, for in mining their black bounty near the depths of infernal darkness, their souls were uplifted to the heights of eternal light.

William Lipski

Dedicated September 9, 2009
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September 1869 Avondale Mine disaster victims
buried within Washburn Street Cemetery.

Lower Row
Thomas Morris • Thomas Davies • John Burch • John Burch Jr • William Powell
James Powell • William Harding • William L Williams • William N Williams • Edward Owen
William D Jones • Morgan Watkins • Richard Woolley • William J Evans • Edward Edwards
William Porfit • John Jenkins • John D Evans • William J Davies • James T Williams • John J
Avondale Mine Disaster Victims Honor Roll Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., September 7, 2019
2. Avondale Mine Disaster Victims Honor Roll Marker
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Thomas

Middle Row

Thomas Hatton • William Hatton • Thomas D Jones • Daniel D Jones
David Thomas • Thomas L Jones • Thomas Hughes • John Hughes
William Lewis • Samuel R Morgan • Evan Rees • Henry Morris
James Phillips • David J Rees • David Rees • William Rees
William T Morgan • Lewis Davies • Rees Lumley • Joseph Morris
John E Thomas • Thomas Llewellyn • Rees Llewellen

Upper Row

John Harris • Richard Owen • William R Rees • William Evans
Methuselah Evans • William Evans • Lewis Evans
William R Evans • William Bowen • Rowland Jones

Laid to rest in nearby family plots

Evan Hughes • John Bowen • Thomas Phillips • William Phillips

[The Roll of Honored Dead was unveiled on September 7, 2019]


 
Erected 2009.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesDisastersIndustry & Commerce. A significant historical date for this entry is September 6, 1869.
 
Location. 41° 24.871′ N, 75° 41.527′ W. Marker is in Scranton, Pennsylvania, in Lackawanna County. Markers are in Washburn Street Cemetery, off Washburn Street about 0.6 miles west of Main Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Scranton PA 18504, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker.
Avondale Mine Disaster Victims Plot and Markers image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., September 7, 2019
3. Avondale Mine Disaster Victims Plot and Markers
Shortly before the 150th anniversary remembrance
Avondale Mine Disaster (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Veterans Memorial (about 700 feet away); Saint John the Baptist Church Bell (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away); Rev. William Bishop (approx. 0.7 miles away); a different marker also named Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Bivouac of the Dead (approx. 0.9 miles away); a different marker also named Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Scranton.
 
Also see . . .
1. Avondale Mine Disaster Site, Plymouth, PA 2005 Tour. (Submitted on September 11, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. 150th Anniversary of the Avondale Mine Disaster (WNEP, 2019). (Submitted on September 11, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Remembering the Avondale Mine Disaster: 150 Years Later (WNEP, 2019). (Submitted on September 11, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 12, 2019. It was originally submitted on September 11, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 126 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 11, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

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May. 18, 2022