Near Whitesburg in Letcher County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Scotia Mine Disaster
Scotia Mine Disaster
One of the worst mine disasters in U.S. history. Faulty equipment ignited methane & coal dust due to lack of proper ventilation. On Mar. 9 & 11, 1976, twin explosions took the lives of 26 coal miners and federal mine inspectors in the Scotia mines located nearby. This led to the passage of the Federal Mine Safety & Health Act of 1977.
In Honor of Those Who Lost Their Lives:
R.M. Sammons, K. Kiser, G. Tussey, D. Gibbs, J. Williams, T.R. Scott, E.S. Combs, R. McKnight, D. Widner, E. Galloway, K. Turner, W. Turner, L.D. McKnight, G. Barker, D. Boggs, J. Hackworth, V. Coots, J. Sturgill, C. Polly, R. Griffith, M. Sturgill, D. Creech, L. Peavy, J.W. Sturgill, I.G. Sparkman, and J.B. Holbrook.
Erected 2010 by Kentucky Historical Society, Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 2314.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Kentucky Historical Society marker series.
Location. 37° 2.881′ N, 82° 49.76′ W. Marker is near Whitesburg, Kentucky, in Letcher County. Marker is on U.S. 119 Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cumberland KY 40823, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Letcher County Honor Roll (approx. 4.9 miles away); Pilot — Spy — Hero / Francis Gary Powers (approx. 4.9 miles away); Early Settler (approx. 5.4 miles away); Lynch (approx. 7½ miles away); Lynch Colored High School - West Main High School (approx. 8 miles away); To Honor the Black Coal Miners (approx. 8.1 miles away); Joseph Alexander Matthews (approx. 8½ miles away); Pioneer Ancestor (approx. 9½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Whitesburg.
Also see . . . Scotia Mine Explosions. From the United States Mine Rescue Association website “Mine Disasters in the United States”. (Submitted on August 23, 2016.)
Categories. • Disasters • Industry & Commerce •
Credits. This page was last revised on August 23, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 23, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 143 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 23, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.