Near Whitesburg in Letcher County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Scotia Mine Disaster
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.
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.
Erected 2010 by Kentucky Historical Society, Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 2314.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Disasters Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Kentucky Historical Society series list.
Location. 37° 2.881′ N, 82° 49.76′ W. Marker is near Whitesburg, Kentucky, in Letcher County. Marker is on U.S. 119 2.1 miles west of Kentucky Highway 806, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cumberland KY 40823, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 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˝ miles away); No. 31 Mine Portals (approx. 7˝ miles away); Mine Ventilating Fan (approx. 7˝ miles away); Lynch Firehouse (approx. 7˝ miles away); Lamp House No. 2 (approx. 7˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map 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.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 23, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 23, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 210 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 23, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.