Library recognizes Diamond mine disaster
The coal miners who entered the Diamond Mine on Feb. 16, 1883 thought it was just another day. But at 11 a.m., an unusual amount of water was discovered flowing to the bottom of the shaft.
An alarm sounded, but it was too late. The memorial for the miner’s on Illinois 113 lists 74 victims. They left 39 widows and 93 children behind. This disaster brought about changes in mine safety laws.
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