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Near Sheppton in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Sheppton Mine Disaster and Rescue

 
 
Sheppton Mine Disaster and Rescue Marker image. Click for full size.
By Carolyn Martienssen, August 22, 2015
1. Sheppton Mine Disaster and Rescue Marker
Inscription. On August 27, 1963 rescuers used a new technique to drill a borehole that successfully freed two coal miners trapped for nearly 2 weeks by a shaft cave-in 320 feet below ground. One miner was lost and the incident gained national attention and prompted more stringent safety regulations for small independent mines. The borehole technique has been widely used for mine rescues worldwide, notably Quecreek (2002) and Chile (2010).
 
Erected 2015 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Location. 40° 54.118′ N, 76° 7.432′ W. Marker is near Sheppton, Pennsylvania, in Schuylkill County. Marker is on Schoolhouse Road mile north of Pennsylvania Route 924. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sheppton PA 18248, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Birth of Cable Television (approx. 6 miles away but has been reported missing); Victor Schertzinger (approx. 6.3 miles away); Lattimer Massacre (approx. 6.3 miles away); Sugarloaf Massacre (approx. 6.7 miles away); 1902 Anthracite Coal Strike (approx. 6.7 miles away); Pennsylvania Anthracite Miners Memorial (approx. 6.8 miles away); Six ton piece of coal (approx. 6.8 miles away); The Dorsey Brothers (approx. 6.9 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Historical marker commemorating mine rescue unveiled in Sheppton. The RepublicanHerald.com's article (August 23, 2015) on the unveiling of the Sheppton Mine Disaster marker. (Submitted on August 23, 2015.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Remembrance
Remember Lou Bova - (1909 -1963), the sole miner lost in this disaster.
    — Submitted March 11, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

 
Categories. Disasters
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 22, 2015, by Carolyn Martienssen of West Hazleton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 155 times since then and 26 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on August 22, 2015, by Carolyn Martienssen of West Hazleton, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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