White Ash Mine Disaster

Most of us have forgotten days when underground coal mines dotted the landscape along the hogback in Jefferson County, as well as the dangers inherent in the industry. The White Ash Mine is one of the best remembered, perhaps because a historic monument on the School of Mines campus in Golden serves as a reminder. Ten men died in the White Ash Mine on September 9, 1889.

Monument commemorating the White Ash Mine Disaster, near Golden.

Monument commemorating the White Ash Mine Disaster, near Golden.

Read Scott Bloemendaal’s award-winning story about the White Ash Mine Disaster in Historically Jeffco magazine.

The plaque on the monument reads:

White Ash Mine
Disaster
Dedicated
to the Memory of

Joseph Allen
William Bowden
William Collins
John Collins
Henry Huesman
David Lloyd
Joseph Hutter
John Morgan
John Murphy
Rich Rowe

who lost their lives here on
Sept. 9th, 1889
and are entombed in this plot

Plaque in memory of miners who died in the White Ash Mine Disaster of 1889.

Plaque in memory of miners who died in the White Ash Mine Disaster of 1889.

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