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

Cross Mountain Disaster

 
 
Cross Mountain Disaster Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, March 4, 2017
1. Cross Mountain Disaster Marker
Inscription. The Cross Mountain Mine opened in 1888 approximately one mile up Slatestone Road to the west. By 1911, it had two power plants to generate electricity, providing incandescent light for the main entries. Coal was cut by electric chain machines and hauled out of the mine by electric motor cars.

The mine exploded on December 9, 1911. Although 84 miners perished, five were rescued by engineers and apparatus crews from the U.S. Bureau of Mines. As one of the first successful mine rescues in the United States, lessons-learned at Cross Mountain led to safer working conditions for miners today.
 
Erected by Coal Creek Watershed Foundation.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Coal Creek Watershed marker series.
 
Location. 36° 10.683′ N, 84° 10.967′ W. Marker is in Briceville, Tennessee, in Anderson County. Marker is on Briceville Highway (Tennessee Route 116), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Briceville TN 37710, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Briceville Church (here, next to this marker); "The Coal Creek War" (within shouting distance of this marker); Welsh in Coal Creek

Cross Mountain Disaster Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, March 4, 2017
2. Cross Mountain Disaster Marker
Marker on left.
(about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Legacy of Condy Harmon (about 500 feet away); Miners' Circle Cemetery (approx. half a mile away); Fraterville Disaster (approx. 2.1 miles away); Itinerant Miners' Cemetery (approx. 2.1 miles away); Village of Brothers (approx. 2.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Briceville.
 
Also see . . .  Cross Mountain Mine Disaster. (Submitted on March 27, 2017, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.)
 
Categories. DisastersIndustry & Commerce
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 28, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 27, 2017, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 85 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 27, 2017, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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