Hastings mine explosion

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John C. Osgood, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Victor-American Fuel Company

The Hastings mine explosion was a fire at the Victor-American Fuel Company coal mine in Hastings, Las Animas County, Colorado, on April 27, 1917, in which 121 people died.[1] A small monument marks the location, on County Road 44, about 1.5 km west of the Ludlow Monument, which commemorates the those who died in a massacre during the Colorado Coalfield War. In June 1912, twelve miners were killed in an explosion at the same mine.[2]


  1. ^ Clare Vernon McKanna (1997). Homicide, Race, and Justice in the American West, 1880-1920. University of Arizona Press. p. 93. ISBN 978-0-8165-1708-4.
  2. ^ "Mine Explosion". The Examiner (DAILY ed.). Launceston, Tasmania. 21 June 1912. p. 5. Retrieved 12 August 2015 – via National Library of Australia.

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Coordinates: 37°20′0″N 104°36′0″W / 37.33333°N 104.60000°W / 37.33333; -104.60000