Moweaqua Coal Mine Disaster

Moweaqua Coal Mine Disaster (HM11MT)

Location: Moweaqua, IL 62550 Shelby County
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N 39° 37.239', W 89° 1.31'

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This is the site of the Moweaqua Coal Mine Disaster which on December 24, 1932, took the lives of all 54 miners entering the mine that day. The Moweaqua Coal Mine was Shelby County's largest. An unprecedented drop in barometric pressure allowed methane gas to escape into the mine. The explosion occurred at 8 a.m. when the gas was ignited by open flame carbide lights. Efforts of rescue teams searching for survivors were in vain, although all bodies were recovered. This marked the end of the era of open flame carbide lights.
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HM NumberHM11MT
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Year Placed1990
Placed ByThe Moweaqua Coal Mine Museum and the Illinois State Historical Society
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Date Added Monday, September 15th, 2014 at 8:15am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 326458 N 4387607
Decimal Degrees39.62065000, -89.02183333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 37.239', W 89° 1.31'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 37' 14.34" N, 89° 1' 18.60" W
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Area Code(s)217
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 201-299 W Cherry St, Moweaqua IL 62550, US
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