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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Fraterville Miners' Circle - Lake City, TN

Fraterville Miners' Circle - Lake City, TN

On the morning of May 19, 1902 in the small town of Fraterville, an oil lamp sparked a methane explosion in an unventilated active mine and caused the 5th worst mining disaster in U.S. History. The disaster killed 216 men, leaving only three men in the entire town.

At Leach Cemetery just outside of what is now Lake City, a monument was built to honor the memories of the men killed in the disaster. Here are the graves of 89 of the men buried in concentric circles around the central tall monument. In 2005, this circle was placed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

For more info, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fraterville_Mine_disaster

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