22 March 2015

On This Day: Gas explosion at Shenandoah mine

A gas explosion On This Day in 1883 occurred at the Packer colliery, No. 2. The explosion caused several men to be “severely and fatally burned.” The men were identified as: James Litchman, William Litchman, William McAndrew, John Murray, Martin Toopy, and a Polander whose name was unknown. The Litchmans were father and son. The colliery was part of the Lehigh Valley coal company, located at Lost Creek near Shenandoah, Schuylkill County, PA. 

Lancaster daily intelligencer. (Lancaster, Pa.), 22 March 1883. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. 


On This Day is a prompt I started this month to further explore historical events.

© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2015
Locations listed are located in Pennsylvania (USA), unless otherwise noted in post.