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Victor, Teller County, Colorado
January 26, 1904
No. Killed – 14

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Fourteen men were killed by a hoisting accident.  The men were being hoisted in the cage from the 6th, 7th, and 8th levels.  When the cage reached the surface, the engineer was unable to stop the engine, and the cage was drawn up into the gallows temporarily.  The strain on the cable caused it to break and the cage was released and shot down into the shaft.

The following 15 names were listed as deceased in the source file linked below. Absent the final investigation report, it is unknown which name was included in error.
  • H. S. F. Brown
  • Frank Cochrane
  • Harry Cogene
  • W. B. Collins
  • W. R. Frazier
  • L. T. P. Jackson
  • Joseph Overly
  • John Sebeck
  • J. L. Seward (or Steward)
  • Edward Smith
  • Joseph Smitherum
  • C. C. Staten
  • Ted "Edward" Twiggs
  • L. A. Wagner
  • Harry A. Yeoman
Source: Colorado Mining Fatalities, 1844-1981

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