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Franklin in Saint Mary Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
 

Belle Isle Salt Mine Memorial

 
 
Belle Isle Salt Mine Disaster Marker Side A image. Click for full size.
November 22, 2009
1. Belle Isle Salt Mine Disaster Marker Side A
Inscription. Side A
On March 5, 1968 fire broke out in the Belle Isle Salt Mine in St. Mary Parish. Twenty-one men were trapped 1200 feet underground with their only escape engulfed in flames. Coal miners from Kentucky flew in to help with the attempted rescue. It was not to be.

This memorial is dedicated to these twenty-one men who lost their lives, to the rescue men who risked their lives, to the other miners who died at Belle Isle and to all the families who suffered loss.

Gone....but not forgotten.
In Their Memory ---- March 14, 1998

Side B
1968
Clifford James Benoit
Michael Joseph Boudreaux
Luke Milton Boutte
Roy P. Byron
John Henry Christensen, Jr.
Louis Roy Frilot
Paul J. C. Granger
Wilbur Garfield Jenkins.
Minos J. Langlinais, Jr.
Alcide Olivier, Jr.
Arthur J. Olivier, Jr.
Dallas Anatole Olivier
Percy Joseph Peltier
Hilton Joseph Primeaux
Dennis T. Romero
Leroy Sanchez
Burnice Homer Smith
Harris Joseph Touchet
Harry Joseph Touchet
Leroy Trahan
Chester Joseph Vice


1979
Paul Richard Collins
Donald Mayon, Sr.
Amedee Charles Olivier
Adam Sampay
Herman Zimmerman

Various Years
Joseph M. Culter - 1969
Earl
Belle Isle Salt Mine Disaster Marker Side B image. Click for full size.
November 22, 2009
2. Belle Isle Salt Mine Disaster Marker Side B
Dennis Schannette - 1969
Wilson Jones - 1974
Rigsby Babineaux - 1975
David Marks, Jr - 1981
 
Location. 29° 48.478′ N, 91° 32.239′ W. Marker is in Franklin, Louisiana, in Saint Mary Parish. Marker is on U.S. 90 Frontage Road one mile north of Northwest Boulevard (Louisiana Highway 3211), on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Franklin LA 70538, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Jefferson Davis Louisiana Association (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Mary's Episcopal Church (approx. 2.3 miles away); German Prisoner of War Camp (approx. 2.3 miles away); Donelson Caffery (approx. 2 miles away); Charles Austin O'Niell (approx. 2 miles away); Franklin (approx. 2 miles away); Jared Young Sanders (approx. 2 miles away); The Gunboat Diana (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Franklin.
 
Categories. Disasters
 
Belle Isle Salt Mine Disaster Statue image. Click for full size.
November 22, 2009
3. Belle Isle Salt Mine Disaster Statue
Belle Isle Salt Mine Disaster Statue image. Click for full size.
November 22, 2009
4. Belle Isle Salt Mine Disaster Statue
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 1, 2015. This page has been viewed 197 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 1, 2015. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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