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JD400 Member Level  Tuesday, 05/14/19 05:41:26 PM
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Castle Gate Mine Disaster


Tribute to my gramp pa Joe

I lost my Grandfather in this Castle Gate mine disaster.

Mom said her and her 2 sisters and nine brothers all heard a terrible explosion coming from the mine and we all went running to the mine.

Mother called me Giovanni my whole life Italian for Juan or John

she said: 'Oh Giovanni you should of heard it, an explosion so powerful even the trees shook. It was terrible'a big 'WHOM'

The mine has the hottest coal I've ever seen. It's very light, shiny and brittle. You can light it with a single wood match.

It's packed with carbon gas.

Years later in the 1960s my uncle took me down in the same mine to show me dinosaur tracks on the side of a drift.

He had been the supt. of the mine the past 20 years. I was lucky to be able to live with his family for a year. I remember he was constantly getting trouble calls from the mine. Most always gas related mini explosions.

The coal was too hot mine but the mining company insisted until they finally reduced it for a supply for a electric plant now built in from of the canyon of the mine.

He told while fishing one day 'that blast explosion was the only mine in history to "Shotgun Explode" it acted like a gun and everything in it blew out the mines portal. He said five coal cars were blasted to the other side of the canyon a mile away'

When my grandmother died one of grandpas Josephs favorite beer glasses was given to my mother. As she gave the 96yr.old beer glass to me and said He would have a beer with this glass everyday when he got home from work.

As I write this tribute post I'm very grateful to be able to have a cold beer in the very same glass.

I can almost feel grandpa Josephs hands holding the glass.

I never had the chance to meet you Grandpa but I want you to know I love ya and you fathered quite the gal (My Mom) Thanks from the bottom of my heart

and this beer has never tasted so good.

This ones for you Grandpa Joseph



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