Gilmore, ID Pittsburgh Mine Explosion, Jan 1917


Explosion of Gasoline in Pittsburgh-Idaho Mine at Gilmore Traps Miners.


ANACONDA, Mont.--According to a telephone message to the Standard from Dillon, Mont., early Thursday morning, the 10 men reported entombed at Gilmore, Ida., have been rescued.

BUTTE--A special dispatch to the Butte Miner from Dillon, Mont., says:

An explosion of gasoline on the 400 foot level of the Pittsburg-Idaho mine at Gilmore, Ida., at about 4 o'clock Wednesday afternoon imprisoned 13 miners, all of whom are thought to be dead. A crew of 100 men, frantically digging away the debris in the tunnel, have found the bodies of three men, FRANK THOMAS, JACK THOMAS and a man named LEISTER. The fate of the other 10 men is yet unknown.

Gasoline used as a motive power in an engine on the 400-foot level is believed to have caused the explosion, which brought down tons of earth upon the unlucky 13 men working on that level.

The Pittsburgh-Idaho mine is a lead and silver producer, located about one-quarter of a mile from Gilmore. Practically every able-bodied resident of Gilmore, together with all employes(sic) of the mine and ranchers residing in the vicinity, is working in a desperate effort to uncover the remains of the other 10 victims.


DILLON, Mont.-- The 10 men entombed in the Pittsburgh mine at Gilmore are Jack Kennett, O. L. Johnson, John Dogan, Ed Kenney, Harry Hall, Nicholas Spiler, Fred Blake, Ed Nunelly, William Rodison, and Ed Moran.

One hundred men were working in the mine at the time of the explosion, but all except those in the 400-foot level escaped.

The Idaho Daily Statesman, 4 Jan 1917

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