The Ravensdale coal mine

Labor History November 16th

This photo was taken shortly after the Nov. 16, 1915 Ravensdale mine explosion that killed 31 men in Southeast King County.  Smoke continued to bellow out of the mine’s main shaft, seen on the left. Townsfolk who gathered after the blast are looking toward an auxiliary shaft which rescuers used to try to reach the victims.  Three survivors were brought out soon after the blast, but it quickly became clear that because of the ferocity of the explosion, no one else in the mine survived.

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