Mine Safety Training Repository
united states mine rescue association
Mine Disasters in the United States

Tank's Poetry

Father Time
See more disasters
from this year
Calendar Image
Mine Disaster Calendar

Philadelphia & Reading Coal & Iron Company
Knickerbocker Colliery Explosion

Shenandoah, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania
August 3, 1908
No. Killed - 2

Pennsylvania Anthracite Miners' Memorial
Location: 40° 49.414′ N, 76° 12.111′ W.
Marker is in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania, in Schuylkill County.  Marker is at the intersection of East Wahington Street and Ringtown Blvd (PA 924 on East Wahington Street.  Marker is in this post office area: Shenandoah PA 17976
Photographed by Don Morfe
Source: The Historical Marker Database  External Link
See all Philadelphia and Reading Coal and Iron Co. disasters

Successful Rescue

A fall of top rock occurred following an explosion in the Knickerbocker Colliery near Shenandoah, Pennsylvania.  Two miners died, but John Kuza, William Suso and Charles Cowley were rescued.  The three men were seriously injured.

  • Peter Lubinskie, 27
  • Jacob Kolich, 27

Miners Buried Alive; Three are Rescued
The Daily Northwestern, Oshkosh, Wisconsin
August 3, 1908

Pottsville, Pa., Aug. 3. -- Two men were killed and three probably fatally injured in an explosion today at the Knickerbocker colliery of the Philadelphia & Reading Coal & Iron Company, about one mile east of Shenandoah.

The accident was caused by an inrush of gas in the gangway of the Buckmountain vein, which was ignited while the miners were blasting.

Three are Rescued

A fall of top rock occurred, burying Peter Lubinskie, Jacob Kolich, John Kuza, William Suso and Charles Cowley.  The first two are still under the debris and are known to be dead, but their companions were rescued.  The three men were seriously injured.

See more about these products