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

Sheppton Mine Disaster and Rescue

Sheppton Mine Disaster and Rescue Marker image. Click for full size.
By Carolyn Martienssen, August 22, 2015
1. Sheppton Mine Disaster and Rescue Marker
Inscription.  On August 27, 1963 rescuers used a new technique to drill a borehole that successfully freed two coal miners trapped for nearly 2 weeks by a shaft cave-in 320 feet below ground. One miner was lost and the incident gained national attention and prompted more stringent safety regulations for small independent mines. The borehole technique has been widely used for mine rescues worldwide, notably Quecreek (2002) and Chile (2010).
Erected 2015 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Disasters. In addition, it is included in the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1963.
Location. 40° 54.118′ N, 76° 7.432′ W. Marker is near Sheppton, Pennsylvania, in Schuylkill County. Marker is on Schoolhouse Road ¼ mile north of Pennsylvania Route 924. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sheppton PA 18248, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. War Memorial (approx. 6.2 miles away); Victor Schertzinger
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(approx. 6.3 miles away); Lattimer Massacre (approx. 6.3 miles away); Sugarloaf Massacre (approx. 6.7 miles away); 1902 Anthracite Coal Strike (approx. 6.7 miles away); Pennsylvania Anthracite Miners Memorial (approx. 6.8 miles away); Six ton piece of coal (approx. 6.8 miles away); The Dorsey Brothers (approx. 6.9 miles away).
Also see . . .  Historical marker commemorating mine rescue unveiled in Sheppton. The's article (August 23, 2015) on the unveiling of the Sheppton Mine Disaster marker. {Subscription required} (Submitted on August 23, 2015.) 
Additional commentary.
1. Remembrance
Remember Lou Bova - (1909 -1963), the sole miner lost in this disaster.
    — Submitted March 11, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 8, 2019. It was originally submitted on August 22, 2015, by Carolyn Martienssen of West Hazleton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 341 times since then and 31 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on August 22, 2015, by Carolyn Martienssen of West Hazleton, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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