The White Ash Mine Disaster
For many years, the mines beneath Clear Creek had problems with water seepage. In 1879, the Black Diamond Mine north of the White Ash Mine was abandoned because of such seepage. It was water from the Black Diamond Mine that burst into the White Ash through a seam weakened by an earlier mine fire. But the legacy of the White Ash Mine lived on, with three other area mines named for it. The original was named for the ash left after its coal was burned. Today, people may visit and remember the victims of this disaster at a marker of the mine’s entrance.
Background photo: View from Lariat Loop Trail on Lookout Mountain east over Golden, circa 1888. Courtesy Colorado School of Mines.
Caption: Group of miners. Courtesy Golden Pioneer Museum.
Location. 39° 45.403′ N, 105° 13.349′ W. Marker is in Golden, Colorado, in Jefferson County. Marker is on Washington Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Golden CO 80401, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Native Americans on Clear Creek (here, next to this marker); Transportation (here, next to this marker); Irrigation and Farming (a few steps from this marker); Golden City (a few steps from this marker); Bridge Load Ordinance Background (a few steps from this marker); Gold (a few steps from this marker); Golden and Clear Creek (a few steps from this marker); Settler Farm Wife’s Initiative (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Golden.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 27, 2011, by Charles T. Harrell of Woodford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 631 times since then and 18 times this year. Photo 1. submitted on November 27, 2011, by Charles T. Harrell of Woodford, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.