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Knox Mine Disaster

 
 
Knox Mine Disaster Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 25, 2008
1. Knox Mine Disaster Marker
Inscription. On January 22, 1959, twelve men died in a tragic accident at the River Slope Mine near this site. The mine had been illegally excavated beneath the Susquehanna River at the direction of the Knox Coal Company. When the force of the ice-laden river broke the thin layer of rock, over ten billion gallons of water flowed through this and other mines. This disaster ended deep mining in much of the Wyoming Valley.
 
Erected 1999 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Location. 41° 18.796′ N, 75° 48.468′ W. Marker is in Port Griffith, Pennsylvania, in Luzerne County. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Pittston PA 18640, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Battle of Wyoming (approx. mile away); Workers in Greater Pittston's Garment Industry (approx. one mile away); Jenkins' Fort (approx. 1.3 miles away); a different marker also named Jenkins Fort (approx. 1.3 miles away); Battlefield of Wyoming (approx. 1.3 miles away); The Bloody Rock (approx. 1.3 miles away); Pittston Fort (approx. 1 miles away); a different marker also named Pittston Fort (approx. 1 miles away).
 
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Knox Mine Disaster Marker and Monument image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 25, 2008
2. Knox Mine Disaster Marker and Monument

1. Knox Mine Disaster. Brief discussion of the disaster and some photos of the site today. A rusty rail car indicates the location at the shores of the Susquehanna. (Submitted on August 19, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Knox Mine Disaster. Entry from Explore PA History places the disaster in a historical context. (Submitted on August 19, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

3. Mine Safety and Health Administration Report. This report of the mine disaster provides a detailed diagram of the collapsed area. (Submitted on August 19, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
Knox Mine Disaster Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 25, 2008
3. Knox Mine Disaster Memorial
A Memorial to the
Surviving miners
and those men entombed in the
Knox Mine
Disaster
Jan. 22, 1959

Samuel Altieri
John Baloga
Benjamin Boyer
Francis Burns
Charles Featherman
Joseph Gizenski
Dominick Koveleski
Eugene Ostroski
Frank Orlowski
William Sinclair
Donald Stefanides
Herman Zelonis
World War II Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 25, 2008
4. World War II Memorial
Standing just a few feet north of the marker
In grateful tribute to the living and the dead for their valiant efforts and great sacrifices we nobly dedicate this memorial

May the almighty God grant that the liberty of mankind which only brave souls win and vigilance can guard shall live on for ages to come.
Eagle Air Shaft Marker image. Click for full size.
September 3, 2011
5. Eagle Air Shaft Marker
This marker is located along the Luzerne County Rail Trail walking/biking path. 41.3132N,75.81193W
Eagle Air Shaft Marker image. Click for full size.
September 3, 2011
6. Eagle Air Shaft Marker
Eagle Air Shaft Escape shaft for 33 men Knox Mine Disaster January 22, 1959
Knox Mine Disaster Site Marker image. Click for full size.
September 3, 2011
7. Knox Mine Disaster Site Marker
This marker is located along the Luzerne County Rail Trail walking/biking path. 41.31308N,75.81276W
Knox Mine Disaster Site Marker image. Click for full size.
September 3, 2011
8. Knox Mine Disaster Site Marker
The Knox Mine Disaster occurred on this spot Jan. 22, 1959 Twelve men died
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 19, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 6,214 times since then and 224 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 19, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on September 3, 2011.
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