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Catalog Number 1985.38.01
Object Name Note
Dimensions H-6 W-12.75 D-0.875 inches
Date February 27, 1943
Notes The worst coal mine disaster in Montana history happened on February 27, 1943. An open flame touched off an explosion at the Number 3 Smith Mine in Bearcreek, near Red Lodge. The explosion erupted deep underground and was powerful enough to knock a 20-ton locomotive off its tracks a quarter mile from the mine. Of the 77 miners who went to work that day, only 3 survived. Miner Emil Anderson scrawled this farewell message in chalk on a piece of powder box. It reads, "Its 5 mins pass 11 o'clock . . .dear Agnes and children I'm sorry we had to go . . . God bless you all Emil with lots . . . kisses." The other side reads, "We try to do our best but we couldn't get out."
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