Lick Branch Mine Switchback, W.Va I found this letter last summer at the Eastern Coal Archives in Bluefield. I thought several might be interested in it. Does anyone have additional information about these disasters? The letter is dated from the Lick Branch Mine Relief Committee/ the Subscription Committee. "Dear Sir:Author: Coal Mining. Wheeling, West Va., Jan. 12 -- Headed by Chief Mine Inspector John Laing and half a dozen Deputy Inspectors, a band of rescuers are battling with the flames to reach the innermost part of the Lick Branch Colliery of the Pocahontas Consolidated Coal Company at Switchback, West Va., where 105 men were killed and a hundred more entombed by an explosion at 8:30 o'clock this morning.
Bluefield, W. Va., Dec. 30. -- Twelve men are known to be dead and probably twenty-five more were entombed as the result of an explosion which occurred in the Lick Branch colliery, owned by the Pocahontas Consolidated Coal Company, the largest coal mining concern in southwestern West Virginia. Mar 03, 2009 · So President of Mine Workers Refers to Lick Branch Mine. Charleston, W. Va., Jan. 16. — Ben Davis, president of the United Mine Workers of West Virginia, has given out a statement in which he openly charges that the ill-fated Lick Branch mine, in which two explosions have occurred recently, was operated in violation of the mining laws.
The Upper Big Branch Mine disaster occurred on April 5, 2010 roughly 1,000 feet (300 m) underground in Raleigh County, West Virginia at Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch coal mine located in Montcoal.Twenty-nine out of thirty-one miners at the site were killed. The coal dust explosion occurred at 3:27 pm. The accident was the worst in the United States since 1970, when 38 miners were killed at Coordinates: 37°56′14″N 81°32′37″W / 37.937256°N . Lick Branch Mine, Switchback, W.Va Lick Branch Mine Relief Committee Disaster at Farmington, WV; Mining Fatalities, 1883-1925 List of Coal Mining Disasters since 1900 from the World Almanac Buffalo Creek Disaster - from the Logan County WVGenWeb Project. Dark .
Underground Coal Mine Disasters 1900 - 2010: Events, Responses, and a Look to the Future 1908 Lick Branch Explosion 50 1909 Lick Branch Explosion 67 1909 Cherry Fire 259 Following the Scotia mine disaster, a handful of other disasters occurred in the U.S. Table 3 summarizes these events. 4.