112th anniversary of the Cherry Mine Disaster

Group made orphans by Cherry Mine disaster where 400 men were entombed, Nov. 13, 1909, Cherry, Ill. / Washington Photo Co. – Photo Library of Congress

CHERRY – It was 112 years ago today on November 13, 1909 over 250 men and boys died during fire in Bureau County in what was to become known as the Cherry Mine Disaster.  A coal car that was being used in the mine to hold hay for the mules caught fire from a kerosene lantern, triggering a series of events that would change North Central Illinois and workplace safety rules forever.  The resulting fire and heavy smoke killed 258 that day, with one man succumbing to his injuries after spending 8 days underground.

Model on display at the Cherry Mine Museum- Studstill Media Photo

Cherry Mine Disaster Monument- Studstill Media Photo

Studstill Media Photo – Equipment on display at the Mine Disaster Museum in Cherry

Display at the Cherry Mine Disaster Museum- Studstill Media Photo

Studstill Media Photo

Studstill Media Photo