Sunshine Disaster #322
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
N 47° 31.663 W 116° 02.854
11T E 571692 N 5264250
Quick Description: Historical marker commemorating the May 2, 1972, Sunshine Mine disaster when 91 miners lost their lives.
Location: Idaho, United States
Date Posted: 10/6/2007 9:49:54 PM
Waymark Code: WM2BAE
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member muddawber
Views: 35

Long Description:

Sunshine Disaster

On May 2, 1972, fire broke out in the mine.  Carbon monoxide, heat, smoke and gas spread swiftly through the tunnels severely hampering rescue efforts. 

178 miners were working at various levels, 85 made it out to safety.  Seven days later two miners were found alive.  On May 13, the last of the 91 victims were brought out.  This was the country's worst hardrock mine disaster since 1917.  The Sunshine, largest silver mine in the nation, is a mile deep and has 100 miles of tunnels. ~ text of marker

Marker Name: Sunshine Disaster

Marker Type: Roadside

County: Shoshone

Group Responsible for Placement: Idaho Historical Society

Marker Number: 322

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Marker Text: Not listed

City: Not listed

Date Dedicated: Not listed

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