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Smith Mine, Bear Creek 1.5 miles West of Town of Bear Creek, Red Lodge, Carbon County, MT



B&W Photos

HB746893
View Of The Smith No

HB746894
View Of The Smith No.3 Site Are To The Northeast

HB746895
View Of The Processing Plant To The West


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Item Title


Location
Bear Creek 1.5 miles West of Town of Bear Creek, Red%2525252525252BLodge%2525252525252Bvicinity, MT

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER MT-32
Building/structure dates: 1900 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1917 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1953 subsequent work
Significance: In 1943 an explosion inside the Smith mine resulted in the death of 74 men making the mine the tragic site of the worst coal mine disaster in Montana history. The mine is also significant as one of the largest coal mines in Carbon County and one which was in continuous production for over half a century. The mine's life span coincides with, and is an example of the early beginning, productive development, decline and end of underground coal mining in Montana.

Subjects
Iron Industry
Fires
L-plan Buildings


Related Names
Smith, Elijah
Lamport , Geor
Montana Coal & Iron Company
Slack, James
George, James
Montana Fuel & Iron Company
Anderson, Paul, Photographer
Anderson, Paul, Historian


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. VIEW OF THE SMITH NO. 3 SITE AREA TO THE NORTHWEST. THE MINE OFFICE BUILDING IS IN THE FOREGROUND AND THE TIPPLE AND PROCESSING PLANT ARE IN THE BACKGROUND.
2. VIEW OF THE SMITH NO.3 SITE ARE TO THE NORTHEAST. THE BLACKSMITH/MINE CAR REPAIR SHOP IS LEFT CENTER. THE PROCESSING PLANT AND TIPPLE ARE RIGHT CENTER.
3. VIEW OF THE PROCESSING PLANT TO THE WEST. THE PROCESSING PLANT IS LEFT CENTER. THE BLACKSMITH/MINE CAR REPAIR SHOP AND PARTS/SUPPLIES BUILDINGS ARE RIGHT CENTER.


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