Pittsburg County


05 Coal Interest - 1892 01 07 Krebs #11

From: Jim Kurilko: Find-A-Grave
Today In History On January 7, 1892, the worst mining disaster during the Indian Territory period occurred in Krebs. At the Osage Coal and Mining Company's Mine Number Eleven a "windy shot" set off an explosion that quickly swept through the entire mine, killing 100 men and injuring another 200. The blast left a mass of dead bodies at the bottom of the elevator shaft. The disaster was the third worst in the United States at that time. After the tragedy at Krebs, the federal government established a mine inspector position for Indian Territory. This development did not really reduce accidents, as the inspector generally just chronicled disasters, rather than preventing them.
(Photo no. 19589.70.1, Alvin Rucker Collection, OHS // Steven L. Sewell, "Coal-Mining Disasters," Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture, www.okhistory.org)
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