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Scofield Mine Disaster Clip

The whole nation was rocked by the news- over 200 men dead, leaving over 100 widows and so many fatherless children. In the town of Scofield this meant that nearly every family was affected by the explosion in Mine #4. The Scofield mine disaster was the biggest of its kind at that time in U.S. history.

Due to the high demand of labor in the mines in Utah, as well as other areas, many of these victims were immigrants trying to carve out a new life for themselves and their families in the United States. Even after the disaster, little time was wasted in refilling positions once held by those victims; so many people wanted a job in the mines.

This clip from “The American Experience 1900″ does a fantastic job documenting what happened that fateful day, the events leading up to and results from that day, and the impact this disaster had on the nation as a whole.

If interested, you can review the film and purchase it here. The part about the Scofield mine disaster occurs about 50 minutes into the program.

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