The Fraterville Mine disaster was a coal mine explosion that occurred on May 19, 1902 near the community of Fraterville, in the U.S. state of Tennessee. 216 miners died as a result of the explosion, either from its initial blast or from the after-effects, making it the worst mining disaster in the state's history. The cause of the explosion, although never fully determined, was likely due to the build-up of methane gas which had leaked from an adjacent unventilated mine.Shortly after the disaster, the bodies of 89 of the 216 miners killed in the explosion were buried in what became known as the Fraterville Miners' Circle at Leach Cemetery in the nearby town of Coal Creek (modern Lake City). In 2005, this circle was placed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.Wiki. [url]http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Acres/3415/FMD.html[/url] />A great site.[url]http://www.coalcreekaml.com/Legacy4.htm[/url] />Story of the disaster[url]http://tn.gov/tsla/exhibits/disasters/fraterville.htm[/url] />
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