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1846 - Delaware-Hudson Mine Roof Fall, Carbondale, PA
1904 - Harwick Mine Explosion, Cheswick, PA
1907 - Lorentz Mine Explosion, Penco, WV
1910 - Primero Mine Explosion, Primero, CO
1911 - Carbon Hill No. 1 Mine Explosion, Carbon Hill, VA
1914 - Black Diamond Mine Cave-in, Luzerne, PA
1918 - Barnum Mine Cave-in, Pittston, PA
1924 - McClintock Mine Explosion, Johnston City, IL
1926 - Jamison No. 8 Mine Explosion, Farmington, WV
1926 - No. 21 Mine Explosion, Wilburton, OK
1926 - Mossboro No. 1 Mine Explosion, Helena, AL
1928 - No. 18 Mine Explosion, West Frankfort, IL
1930 - Lillybrook No. 1 Mine Explosion, Lillybrook, WV
1931 - Little Betty Mine Explosion, Dugger, IN
1939 - Crown Hill No. 6 Mine Fire, Clinton, IN
1941 - Bootleg Anthracite Mine Cave-in, Pottsville, PA
1942 - Wadge Mine Explosion, Mt. Harris, CO
1950 - Bootleg Anthracite Mine Cave-in, Mahanoy City, PA
1954 - Unnamed Mine Cave-in, Sidney, KY
1956 - Unnamed Coal Mine Cave-in, Carmichaels, PA
1959 - River Slope Mine Inundation, Port Griffith, PA
1960 - U. S. Steel Iron Mine Cave-in, Ely, MN
1961 - Abandoned Sutro Tunnel Silver Mine, Virginia City, NV
1964 - Empire Copper Mine Cave-in, MacKay, UT
1967 - Shannopin Mine Roof Fall, Bobtown, PA
1969 - Humphrey No. 7 Mine Fire, Mount Morris, PA
2003 - McElroy Mine Shaft Explosion, Cameron, WV
2006 - Sago Mine Explosion, Tallmansville, WV
2010 - Doe Run No. 29 Mine Fire, Viburnum, MO
2015 - Keystone No. 1 Abandoned Mine Rescue, Keystone, WV
2016 - Cargill Salt Elevator Incident, Lansing, NY
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1891 - Spring Mountain No. 1 Inundation, Jeansville, PA
1891 - Susquehanna Colliery Inundation, Grand Tunnel, PA
1906 - Parral Mine Explosion, Parral, WV
1908 - Mid-Valley Colliery Cave-in, Shamokin, PA
1910 - Ernest No. 2 Mine Explosion, Ernest, PA
1912 - Bunker Hill Mine Cave-in, Sutter Creek, CA
1914 - Cannon Mine Inundation, Franklin County, WA
1915 - Carlisle Mine Explosion, Carlisle, WV
1916 - Davis No. 42 Mine Explosion, Kempton, MD
1918 - Amasa-Porter Mine Inundation, Crystal Falls, MI
1924 - Milford Mine Inundation, Crosby, MN
1925 - City Mine Explosion, Sullivan, IN
1927 - Henry Clay Colliery, Shamokin, PA
1928 - Kinlock Mine Explosion, Parnassus, PA
1928 - Mama No. 3 Mine Explosion, Jenny Lind, AR
1930 - Standard Mine Explosion, Standardville, UT
1937 - Abandoned Coal Mine Incident, Flemington, WV
1943 - Smith No. 3 Mine Explosion, Carbon County, MT
1949 - Kittoe Mining Works Fire, Benton, WI
1977 - Unnamed Coal Mine Cave-in, Apollo, PA
1958 - Lundale Mine Roof Fall, Morgantown Post, WV
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1871 - E. Bast and Company Breaker Boiler Explosion, Ashland, PA
1881 - Almy No. 2 Mine Explosion, Almy, WY
1886 - Uniondale Mine Explosion, Dunbar, PA
1897 - Kansas & Texas No. 44 Mine Explosion, Huntington, AR
1906 - Century No. 1 Mine Explosion, Century, WV
1912 - San Bois No. 2 Mine Cave-in, McCurtain, OK
1915 - Layland No. 3 Mine Explosion, Layland, WV
1916 - King Mine Explosion, Kimball, WV
1924 - Yukon No. 2 Mine Explosion, Yukon, WV
1926 - Crab Orchard No. 5 Mine Explosion, Eccles, WV
1929 - Kinloch Mine Explosion, Parnassus, PA
1930 - New Peerless Mine Explosion, Helper, UT
1930 - Wolf Run Mine Fire, Amsterdam, OH
1933 - Abandoned Sayre Colliery, Mount Carmel, PA
1935 - Unnamed Coal Mine Cave-in, Starford, PA
1936 - Brown Family Mine Cave-in, Crooksville, OH
1938 - Unnamed Coal Mine Cave-in, Birmingham, AL
1940 - Willow Grove No. 10 Mine Explosion, Neffs, OH
1942 - Cracker Jack Mine Roof Fall, Boulder, CO
1943 - Unnamed Anthracite Coal Mine Cave-in, Inkerman, PA
1947 - Centralia No. 5 Mine Explosion, Centralia, IL
1957 - Abandoned Coal Mine, Harlan, KY
1969 - Deep Lark Silver Mine Cave-in, Lark, UT
1977 - Porter Tunnel Mine Inundation, Tower City, PA
1979 - Upper Taggert Mine Rockslide, Oven Fork, KY
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1905 - Cabin Creek Mine Explosion, Kayford, WV
1910 - Nazareth Limestone Quarry Explosion, Nazareth, PA
1910 - Amsterdam No. 2 Mine Explosion, Amsterdam, OH
1913 - Cincinnati Mine Explosion, Finleyville, PA
1914 - Eccles Mine Explosions, Eccles, WV
1924 - Unnamed Anthracite Coal Mine Cave-in, Sugar Notch, PA
1927 - Federal No. 3 Mine Explosion, Everettville, WV
1934 - Sinclair Mine Fire, Switz, IN
1937 - Bootleg Anthracite Mine Cave-in, Tamaqua, PA
1946 - Great Valley Mine Explosion, McCoy, VA
1951 - Unnamed Coal Mine Cave-in, Shaft, PA
1956 - Kaiser Coal Company Mine Roof Fall, Sunnyside, UT
1968 - Southwest Potash Mine Collapse, Carlsbad, NM
1980 - Florence Mine Roof Fall, Huff, PA
1981 - Dutch Creek No. 1 Mine Explosion, Redstone, CO
1985 - Powderhorn Mine Roof Fall, DeBeque Canyon, CO
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1871 - West Pittston Colliery Fire, West Pittston, PA
1877 - Wadesville Colliery Mine Fire, Wadesville, PA
1890 - Jersey No. 8 Cave-in and Explosion, Ashley, PA
1900 - Cumnock Mine Explosion, Cumnock, NC
1907 - Berwind-White Mine No. 38 Inundation, Foustwell, PA
1908 - Unnamed Coal Mine Cave-in, Salineville, OH
1912 - Norrie Mine Cave-in, Ironwood, MI
1913 - Imperial Mine Explosion, Belle Valley, OH
1917 - Abandoned Anthracite Mine Cave-in, Pittston, PA
1919 - Old Colony Mine Cave-in, Ligonier, PA
1927 - Delagua No. 3 Mine Explosion, Delagua, CO
1928 - Mather Mine Explosion, Mather, PA
1939 - Bootleg Anthracite Mine Cave-in, Shenandoah, PA
1939 - Bootleg Anthracite Mine Cave-in, Schuylkill County, PA
1948 - Bootleg Anthracite Mine Inundation, Shamokin, PA
1943 - NuRex Mine Explosion, LaFollette, TN
1957 - Abandoned Kentucky Coal Mine, Harlan, KY
1958 - Boone County Coal Corp. Inundation, Logan, WV
1958 - Wharton No. 2 Mine Roof Fall, WV
1968 - Saxsewell No. 8 Inundation, Hominy Falls, WV
1972 - Sunshine Silver Mine Fire, Kellogg, ID
1982 - Magma Mine Cave-in, Superior, AZ
2002 - Abandoned Mine Rescue, Kern County, CA
2006 - Darby No. 1 Mine Explosion, Holmes Mill, KY
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1901 - Port Royal No. 2 Explosion and Fire, Port Royal, PA
1903 - Hanna No. 1 Mine Explosion, Hanna, WY
1909 - Lackawanna No. 4 Mine Explosion, Wehrum, PA
1912 - Hastings Mine Explosion, Hastings, CO
1915 - Longacre-Chapman Zinc Mine Inundation, Neck City, MO
1917 - Granite Mountain Copper Mine Fire, Butte, MT
1929 - South Eureka Mine Cave-in, Sutter Creek, CA
1933 - Madeira Hill Mine Cave-in, Mt. Carmel, PA
1938 - Butler Slope Explosion, Pittston, PA
1936 - Helena Mine Cave-in, Helena, MT
1952 - Penokee Iron Ore Mine Cave-in, Ironwood, MI
1957 - Betsy No. 3 Mine Cave-in, Fernwood, OH
1962 - Bull Gulch Lead and Zinc Mine Cave-in, Jefferson City, MT
1970 - Abandoned Hazard Gold Mine, Foresthill, CA
1971 - Federal No. 2 Mine Roof Fall, Miracle Run, WV
1977 - Unnamed Coal Mine Cave-in, Plum, PA
1983 - McClure No. 1 Mine Explosion, McClure, VA
2017 - La Farge Gravel Mine Rescue, Placitas, NM
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1902 - Rolling Mill Mine Explosion, Johnstown, PA
1908 - Willamstown Colliery Explosion, Williamstown, PA
1914 - Banovich Silver Mine Asphyxiation, Tonopah, NV
1916 - Lake Erie Tunnel Explosion, Cleveland, OH
1923 - Unnamed Coal Mine Cave-in, Lamberton, PA
1928 - Locust Springs Colliery Inundation, Locust Gap, PA
1931 - Unnamed Coal Mine Cave-in, Bulan, KY
1933 - Locust Gap Mine Roof Fall, Mt. Carmel, PA
1934 - Unnamed Coal Mine Cave-in, McComas, WV
1937 - Baker Mine Explosion, Sullivan, IN
1938 - Praco No. 7 Rock Fall, Praco, AL
1938 - Veta Silver Mine Cave-in, Duncan, AZ
1940 - Sonman "E" Mine Explosion, Portage, PA
1963 - Castle Shannon Coal No. 2 Shaft, Pittsburgh, PA
1966 - Siltix Mine Explosion, Mount Hope, WV
2000 - Willow Creek Mine Explosions & Fire, Helper, UT
2002 - Quecreek Mine Inundation, Friedens, PA
2016 - Abandoned Iron Mine, Iron Ridge, WI
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1886 - Fair Lawn Colliery Explosion, Scranton, PA
1894 - Gilberton Colliery Explosion, Ashland, PA
1907 - Unnamed Anthracite Coal Mine Cave-in, Inkerman, PA
1908 - Knickerbocker Colliery Explosion, Shenandoah, PA
1911 - White Oak Mine Cave-in, Villa Heights, MO
1912 - Abernant Mine Explosion, Abernant, AL
1915 - Orenda Mine Explosion, Boswell, PA
1917 - Lincoln Mine Fire, Virginia, MN
1917 - West Kentucky No. 7 Mine Explosion, Clay, KY
1921 - Harco Mine Explosion, Harrisburg, IL
1923 - Frontier No. 1 Mine Explosion, Kemmerer, WY
1926 - Hudson Zinc and Spar Mine Cave-in, Salem, KY
1926 - Clymer No. 1 Mine Explosion, Clymer, PA
1927 - West Kentucky No. 7 Mine Explosion, Clay, KY
1934 - Bootleg Anthracite Mine Rockslide, Coal Castle, PA
1934 - Derby No. 3 Mine Explosion, Big Stone Gap, VA
1936 - Esry Mine Fire, Moberly, MO
1963 - Oneida No. 2 Slope Cave-in, Oneida, PA
1963 - Cane Creek Mine Explosion, Grand County, UT
1965 - Unnamed Mine Cave-in, Chillicothe, OH
1968 - Amherst No. 1 Mine Roof Fall, Lundale, WV
1991 - McElroy Mine Roof Fall, Moundsville, WV
2002 - Walter L. Houser Strip Asphyxiation, Kittanning, PA
2016 - Keystone Abandoned Mine Rescue, Keystone, WV
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1897 - Williamson County Mine Explosion, Johnston City, IL
1902 - Stafford Mine Explosion, Stafford, WV
1902 - Big Four Mine Explosion, Algoma, WV
1904 - Unnamed Anthracite Coal Mine Cave-in, Kingston, PA
1914 - Centennial Gold Mine Cave-in, Eureka, UT
1915 - Rahn Colliery Explosion, Coaldale, PA
1916 - Good Spring Colliery Cave-in, Tremont, PA
1922 - Lake Creek Mine Explosion, Johnston City, IL
1926 - Tahoma No. 29 Mine Explosion, Tahoma, OK
1931 - Unnamed Coal Mine Cave-in, Charleston, WV
1943 - Three Point Mine Explosion, Southeast KY
1943 - Primrose Colliery Explosion, Primrose, PA
1957 - Marianna No. 58 Mine Explosion, Marianna, PA
1968 - Somerset Mine Roof Fall, Somerset, CO
1970 - Ranchers Exploration & Development Mine, Vance County, NC
1989 - Hidden Treasure Mine, Stockton, UT
2015 - Abandoned Mine Rescue, Adelanto, CA
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1895 - Dorrance Mine Explosion, Wilkes-Barre, PA
1885 - Plymouth No. 2 Mine Explosion, Plymouth, PA
1897 - Von Storch Mine Fire, Scranton, PA
1901 - Buttonwood Colliery Explosion, Wilkes-Barre, PA
1906 - Unnamed Coal Mine Cave-in, Stockdale, PA
1910 - Ernest No. 2 Mine Explosion, Ernest, PA
1911 - Shakespeare Placer Gold Mine Cave-in, Dome Creek, AK
1913 - Vogel and Lawrence Lignite Mine Cave-in, Rockdale, TX
1913 - Continental Mine Cave-in, Centralia, PA
1914 - Royalton North No. 1 Mine Explosion, Royalton, IL
1914 - Mulga Mine Explosion, Mulga, AL
1914 - Patterson No. 2 Mine Explosion, Elizabeth, PA
1915 - Continental Colliery Cave-in, Centralia, PA
1931 - Mocanaqua Mine Explosion, Mocanaqua, PA
1935 - Bootleg Anthracite Mine Cave-in, Mt. Carmel, PA
1935 - Unnamed Coal Mine Cave-in, Steubenville, OH
1938 - Lilly Meade Mine Cave-in, Owensboro, KY
1941 - Daniel Boone Mine Explosion, Daniel Boone, KY
1954 - Bootleg Anthracite Mine Cave-in, Branchdale, PA
1958 - Bishop No. 34 Mine Explosion, Bishop, VA
1958 - Burton Mine Explosion, Craigsville, WV
1965 - Wildcat Cave Entrapment, Hinckley, OH
1965 - Mars No. 2 Mine Fire, Wilsonburg, WV
1966 - Unnamed Coal Mine Cave-in, Clarksburg, WV
1977 - Segco No. 1 Mine Roof Fall, Parrish, AL
1980 - University of Arizona Experimental Mine, Pima County, AZ
1987 - Diamond Gold Mine Entrapment, Leadville, CO
1987 - Baby Jessica McClure's Entrapment, Midland, TX
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1878 - Sullivan Mine Explosion, Sullivan, IN
1888 - Shaft No. 2 Explosion, Frontenac, KS
1901 - Pocahontas Baby Mine Fire, Pocahontas, VA
1902 - Luke Fidler Mine Explosion, Shamokin, PA
1903 - Ferguson Mine Explosion, Dunbar, PA
1906 - San Toy No. 1 Mine Shaft Disaster, Corning, OH
1907 - Draper Mine Inundation, Gilberton, PA
1909 - St. Paul No. 2 Mine Fire, Cherry, IL
1910 - Shoal Creek No. 1 Mine Explosion, Panama, IL
1910 - Jumbo Mine Explosion, Durant, OK
1911 - Bottom Creek Mine Explosion, Vivian, WV
1914 - Bonar Mine Asphyxiations, East Bernstadt, KY
1914 - Sibley Iron Mine Cave-in, Ely, MN
1914 - West Brookside Mine Cave-in, Pottsville, PA
1915 - Northwestern Mine Explosion, Ravensdale, WA
1916 - Bessie Mine Explosion, Palos, AL
1922 - Dolomite No. 3 Mine Explosion, Dolomite, AL
1922 - Reilly No. 1 Mine Explosion, Spangler, PA
1922 - Anthracite No. 4 Mine Explosion, Cerrillos, NM
1926 - Tomhicken Mine Inundation, Hazleton, PA
1926 - Mound Mine Explosion, Moundsville, WV
1930 - Lutie No. 5 Mine Explosion, Lutie, OK
1930 - Millfield No. 6 Mine Explosion, Millfield, OH
1932 - Unnamed Anthracite Coal Mine Cave-in, Avoca, PA
1933 - South Scranton Mine Cave-in, Scranton, PA
1942 - West Kentucky No. 10 Mine Explosion, Providence, KY
1950 - Unnamed Anthracite Coal Mine Cave-in, Nanticoke, PA
1954 - Abandoned Anthracite Coal Mine Fall of Person, Shaft, PA
1957 - Unnamed Coal Mine Entrapment, Stockdale, PA
1962 - Abandoned Idaho Bride Gold Mine, Idaho Springs, CO
1968 - Consol No. 9 Mine Explosions, Farmington, WV
1985 - Bessie "G" Gold Mine Avalanche, LaPlata County, CO
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1869 - East Sugar Loaf Colliery Cave-in, Stockton, PA
1885 - Nanticoke No. 1 Mine Inundation, Nanticoke, PA
1899 - Carbon Hill No. 7 Mine Explosion, Carbonado, WA
1901 - McAlester No. 1 Hoisting Disaster, Hartshorne, OK
1905 - Horton Mine Fire, Horton, WV
1906 - Edison Tunnel Cave-in, Bakersfield, CA
1908 - Lick Branch Mine Explosion, Switchback, WV
1908 - Unnamed Coal Mine Cave-in, Brockwayville, PA
1909 - Mine A Explosion and Fire, Herrin, IL
1910 - Greeno Mine Explosion, Tacoma, VA
1911 - Cross Mountain Mine Explosion, Briceville, TN
1915 - Newcastle Mine Rock Fall, Seattle, WA
1916 - Fidelity No. 9 Mine Explosion, Stone City, KS
1923 - Unnamed Clay Mine Cave-in, Brazil, IN
1925 - Overton No. 2 Mine Explosion, Acmar, AL
1929 - Old Town Mine Explosion, McAlester, OK
1932 - Morgan Jones Mine Explosion, Madrid, NM
1940 - Kent No. 2 Mine Roof Fall, McIntyre, PA
1940 - No. 4 Mine Explosion, Beckley, WV
1950 - Big 4 Mine Cave-in, Selleck, WA
1951 - Orient No. 2 Mine Explosion, West Frankfort, IL
1957 - Pocahontas Fuel No. 31 Mine Explosion, Amonate, VA
1964 - Unnamed Anthracite Coal Mine Cave-in, Wilkes-Barre, PA
1970 - Leckie Mine Roof Fall, Anjean, WV
1972 - Itmann No. 3 Mine Explosion, Itmann, WV
1987 - Slate Top Mine Roof Fall, Woodbine, KY
Note: The list above represents all the successful rescues in the United States that we've been able to locate.  It most probably does not include all that have occurred.  As more incidents are uncovered, they too will be included.  If you know of any others that have been overlooked, please contact us.

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Listed by the month when they occurred, this file contains hundreds of successful rescues and incidents of rescuer death in the United States.
Successful Mine Rescues
Listed in descending chronological order, this file contains hundreds of successful rescues in the United States.
Incidents of Rescuer Death
Listed in descending chronological order, this file contains more than 100 incidents of rescuer death in the United States.