1951 Mine Explosion

Since: Oct 09

Waterloo, IL

#1 Dec 21, 2010
Why would our local newspaper fail to commemorate the 59th anniversary of the Orient #2 Mine Explosion? 119 local men lost their lives that December night. The least the Daily American could do is honor their memory with an article.
City limits

Waterloo, IL

#2 Dec 22, 2010
It was strange the Daily American did not mention anything about the Orient #2 mine explosion. I didn't see anything about it in the DA.

There are some books written about the 1951 mine explosion at Orient #2. One is, "Black Christmas," another, "Our Christmas Disaster," and a more recent book "Death Underground." You may find some reference of all three by doing a search for them on the innernet.
old woman

Odenton, MD

#3 Dec 22, 2010
Shame on you....Daily American. I was in junior high and it should never be forgotten.
R_ Belden

Plano, TX

#4 Aug 20, 2013
My grandfather was one of the first responders to the scene. he told me they used the high school gym as a makeshift morgue. My dad who was 10 at the time, remembered there was a lot of funerals that Christmas. My grandfather and a group of other men, headed west to the potash mines of Carlsbad, NM. They were way more safer then a coal mine. My grandfather's job at Orient was a powderman

Marion, IL

#5 Aug 21, 2013
Has something changed?
Have they done so every year in the past? Is there something significant about the 59th?

United States

#6 Sep 8, 2013
Rip miners

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