Fraterville Disaster Historical

Fraterville Disaster Historical (HM1XMI)

Location: Rocky Top, TN 37769 Anderson County
Country: United States of America

N 36° 12.317', W 84° 10.033'

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The Fraterville Mine exploded on May 19, 1902, killing all 216 miners. Poignant farewell messages were found on the bodies of Jacob Vowell, Powell Harmon, John Hendren, Harry Beach, Scott Chapman, James Brooks, R.S. Brooks, George Hutson, Frank Sharp, and James Elliott.

The tragedy was exacerbated by the fact that male members of entire families perished including five Dezern brothers, Peter Childress and his three sons, John McKamey and his three sons, and Bannister Vowell and his three sons. Only three adult males were left alive in the town and it remains the South's worst mining disaster.
Placed ByCoal Creek Watershed Foundation
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Date Added Sunday, April 2nd, 2017 at 5:03pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 754680 N 4010438
Decimal Degrees36.20528333, -84.16721667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 12.317', W 84° 10.033'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 12' 19.02" N, 84° 10' 1.98" W
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Area Code(s)865
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 150-268 Andys Ridge Rd, Rocky Top TN 37769, US
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