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Introduction
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Title
Knox Mine Disaster Memorial 1
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Town, State
Port Griffith, PA
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ID #
951
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Compilation Date (Initial)
November 23, 2002
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Compilation Date (Latest)
January 06, 2011
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Site Worked Last
January 22, 2011
Description
The memorial remembers a day in 1959, January 22nd, in the village of Port Griffith, Pennsylvania, situated in northeastern PA’s Wyoming Valley. There, in the underground of the River Slope coal mine, mine workers discovered themselves fighting for their existence as water from the nearby Susquehanna River flooded the Knox Coal Company mineworks. Knox mining operations had passed what was called a “safety stop line,” beyond which the miners would be working in extreme jeopardy, too close to the river’s natural bottom, only about six feet above their heads. Earthen materials between river bottom and mine shaft gave way – and ten-billion gallons of big water had its way with 81 little coalminers. As one article about the tragedy noted, “The collapse of the thin rock roof created a 150-ft. hole that resembled a monstrous bathtub drain.” The remembrance honors all who fought the fight that day, above and below ground, especially the twelve coal miners who never came out and whose remains were never recovered. Names of the 12 are given below, under Comments and Notes. • The granite monument rests on a concrete base. There is an eagle incised on its front, near the top. Inscription text is provided below also. • The work is situated on the southeast corner of Main Street where it crosses East Cole Street, Port Griffith, Jenkins Township, Pennsylvania. The memorial is sponsored by the Township, which also maintains it.
Content
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Loss & perseverance
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Group of common citizens/persons
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Not Applicable
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Racially silent
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Not Applicable
Design
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Man-made
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Inscription/Text Design
Integrated
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Geometric w/wo pedestal
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Stone/rock
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Average (life-size)
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Inscribed/lettered directly
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Text available, all
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Others, not authorized
9.1)
Image numbering/location
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Design Preservation
Satisfactory
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Inscript. Separate from M|M
No
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Designers
12.1)
Designer 1
Not yet determined
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Fabricators/Builders
Not Yet Determined
Setting
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Park/Garden/Lawn/Field
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Appearance/Setting
Not Performed
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Not Entered
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Not Entered
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Not Entered
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Other Monuments on Site
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Satisfactory
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Local government
Themes
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MonumentsandMemorials.com Themes
No Perceived Theme Match
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National Historic Landmark Themes
Labor History
Demography
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1)
File Number
63
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Town/City
Port Griffith
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County
Luzerne
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District
Jenkins Township
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State
PA
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Zip
18640
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Country
United States
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Latitude (GPS)
41.3135030000
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Longitude (GPS)
-75.8072570000
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Intersecting Street 1
Main St
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Intersecting Street 2
E. Cole St
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Additional Identifier 1
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Additional Identifier 2
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Man-made
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Government, Local
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1946-1973
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Compilation Date (Initial)
November 23, 2002
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19.1)
Government Materials
19.2)
Website
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Compilation Date (Latest)
January 06, 2011
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Compilation Technique (Latest)
21.1)
Book/Pamphlet/Text
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Correspondence
21.3)
Journal
21.4)
Newspaper
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Website
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Source Originator
monumentsandmemorials.com
Comments and Notes
DATE OF DISASTER: 1/22/1959
SOURCES: Delazio, Sheena. “‘Pennies from Heaven’ Church Closes,” The Times Leader, Wilkes-Barre, PA, May 23, 2008; “Historical Marker Database,” http://www.hmdb.org/; “On This Day…In Engineering History.” Gestural Engineering, MIT Museum, Cambridge, MA,” posted January 22, 2010; SIRIS; Ungvarsky, Janine. “Annual Mass Honors Monument for 12 Who Died,” The Times Leader, Wilkes-Barre, PA, January 19, 2009.
COMMENT/1: Names of the dead: Samuel Altieri, John Baloga, Benjamin Boyer, Francis Burns, Charles Featherman, Joseph Gizenski, Dominick Koveleski, Eugene Ostroski, Frank Orlowski, William Sinclair, Donald Stefanides, Herman Zelonis
COMMENT/2: The inscription reads as follows: “IN GRATEFUL TRIBUTE TO/ THE LIVING AND THE / DEAD FOR THEIR VALIANT / EFFORTS AND GREAT/ SACRIFICES. WE NOBLY / DEDICATE THIS MEMORIAL / MAY THE ALMIGHTY GOD / GRANT THAT THE LIBERTY OF / MANKIND, WHICH ONLY BRAVE SOULS WIN AND ONLY/VIGILANCE CAN GUARD, SHALL/LIVE ON FOR AGES TO COME. (from SIRIS, Control PA001736)



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