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The collapse of the Treadwell mines, 1922

Images from another time

Posted: Thursday, January 23, 2003

On April 21, 1922, one of the largest disasters in Juneau mining history began to unfold - the collapse of one of the mines at Treadwell. This photograph, taken on April 22 by S.B. Combest, documents the flood that would be the virtual end of most of the Treadwell mines. By the morning of the 22nd, the Treadwell, 700-Foot and Mexican mines had flooded completely. Although a handful of horses and mules were lost in the cave-in, no miners died, in part thanks to a shift change just before the flood.

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