5.01.2008

The Sunshine Mine Fire: A Dark Day in The Silver Valley

On May 2, 1972 a fire started in the Sunshine Mine near my hometown of Kellogg, Idaho. Ninety-one miners lost their lives. When I drive by the memorial, read articles about the disaster, or talk to a family member of a fallen miner I am still deeply saddened by the event.

Last year I reflected on that disaster on a blog post here.


Gregg Olson's words in the introduction of his book The Deep Dark: Disaster and Redemption in American's Richest Silver Mine reminded me today of all the lives that have been impacted by that mine fire. " Every day people remember the date, May 2, 1972. It is their local 'when Kennedy got shot' touchstone. It rewrote the lives of everyone, and even now its extraordinary legacy of unity and divisiveness is palpable. It is as if the smoke never really cleared. " G. Olson

My sister Silver Valley Girl posted an article yesterday about a high school classmate of mine that created a music composition inspired by Olson's book. You can find that post here.

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