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Plymouth in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Avondale Mine Disaster

 
 
Avondale Mine Disaster Marker image. Click for full size.
By PaulwC3, August 3, 2013
1. Avondale Mine Disaster Marker
Inscription. On September 6, 1869, a fire broke out at the nearby Avondale Colliery, trapping the miners. The eventual death toll was 110. This included five boys between the ages of twelve and seventeen, and two volunteers who were suffocated while attempting rescue. As a result of this disaster, Pennsylvania's General Assembly enacted legislation in 1870 which was designed to enforce greater safety in the industry.
 
Erected 1994 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Location. 41° 13.586′ N, 75° 58.472′ W. Marker is in Plymouth, Pennsylvania, in Luzerne County. Marker is on West Main Street (U.S. 11) one mile north of South Cross Valley Expressway (Pennsylvania Route 29), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Plymouth PA 18651, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Abijah Smith & Company (approx. 0.9 miles away); Shawnee Fort (approx. 0.9 miles away); Sephaniah Reese (1866-1944) (approx. 1.6 miles away); World War I Memorial (approx. 1.6 miles away); 28th Infantry Division Memorial (approx.
Avondale Mine Disaster Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jeffrey Adams, March 30, 2014
2. Avondale Mine Disaster Marker
Opening to collapsed mine shaft.
1.6 miles away); Vietnam War Memorial (approx. 1.6 miles away); Sergeant Sherwood Baker (approx. 1.6 miles away); Coal Miners Memorial Monument (approx. 1.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Plymouth.
 
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Also see . . .
1. U.S. Department of Labor | The Great Disaster at Avondale Colliery - September 6, 1869. (Submitted on September 19, 2013, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
2. Avondale mine disaster claimed 110 lives - The Scranton Times-Tribune. (Submitted on September 19, 2013, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
3. eHistory at OSU | Andrew Roy's account of the Avondale Disaster. (Submitted on September 19, 2013, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
 
Categories. DisastersIndustry & Commerce
 
Wide view of the Avondale Mine Disaster Marker image. Click for full size.
By PaulwC3, August 3, 2013
3. Wide view of the Avondale Mine Disaster Marker
Avondale Mine Disaster Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jeffrey Adams
4. Avondale Mine Disaster Marker
Ruins of the shaft location at the Avondale Colliery
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 25, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 18, 2013, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia. This page has been viewed 352 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on September 18, 2013, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.   2. submitted on April 18, 2016, by Jeffrey Adams of Dallas, Pennsylvania.   3. submitted on September 18, 2013, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.   4. submitted on April 18, 2016, by Jeffrey Adams of Dallas, Pennsylvania.
 
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