Cherry Coal Mine Disaster

More on the Subject
Cherry Mine Disaster Story
Story of Disaster by Steve Stout
The Fatal Day
Story in a Nutshell
Mine Site photos
Description of Cherry Mine
James Cherry
page two mine pics
Page Three Mine Pics
Page four Mine photos
Page Five Mine Photos
Page Six Mine Photos
Page Seven Mine Photos
Page Eight Mine Photos
Page Nine Mine Photos
Bell Signals etc.
Page Ten Mine photos
New Mine photos
Aerial Views
Cherry Mine Artifacts
Sunday Morning Crowds
Cherry Mine Model
Model Pics Set Two
Twelve Heroes Story
John Flood: Hero
Alex Norberg (Hero)
Read about Eight-Day Men
John Thomas Brown
George Eddy
Which Story Deserves Movie?
The Memorial and More
Miners Tombstones
Cherry Depot
Soldier Trains and more
Morgue Tent
Names of Victims
Names of Victims section two
Coal Mining Words
Map Diagrams
No Respect For History
The Day the Tipple Fell
Farewell letters
Sam Howard's Letter
More on the Subject
"Oneness" Press release
TRAPPED: Karen Tintori's new book
Ray Tutaj Model Projects
Last Days of The Milwaukee Road
Milwaukee Road Car
St. Paul Coal Mine Office
Remembering the disaster.
100th Anniversary/Car Show
100th Anniversary Photos
100th Anniversary photos by Candy Brown
100th Anniversary pics from Karen Tintori
We need Your Help (1909 song)
Cherry Word Puzzle
Favorite Links
About me
Tour of Mine Site
Contact Me
100th Anniversary Documentary Available and More!
Cherry Mine Disaster Historical Society
T-Shirts, Sweatshirts etc.(100th anniv.)
Train Photo CDs Available
Train Video DVD's Available
Train -e-books NEW!
Workers Compensation
Cherry MIne Enthusiasts Remembered
How You Can Help



 If you are interested in knowing more about the coal mine disaster, these pages will help you in locating different resources of information to assist you.

Heres what can be found on the subject:

Read Steve Stout's historical novel Black Damp: The Story of the Cherry Mining Disaster

SOLD OUT! (check it out at  local libraries)

(Steve also has an illustrated booklet written for children, illustrated by Jason Kotecki. (Available at the Cherry Public Library or the Starved Rock Camera Shop in LaSalle, Illinois)

The Great Disaster of the Cherry, IL. Mine written by Quataroli Antenore. He was a survivor of the 8-day entombment. (Booklet of 24 pages)[Available at Cherry Library]

The Peter Donna Account. Peter was a young miner who escaped at the time of the fire and was one of the last survivors of the disaster. (Booklet 21 pages) [Available at Cherry Library also]


See task bar at left for more info

Bureau of Labor Statistics report on the Cherry Mine Disaster. (Book form 90 pages) [If not available at Cherry try the Princeton IL. Historical Museum]

THE MODEL RAILROADING MAGAZINES as found on the about me page.

THE 50th Anniversary Booklet available at Cherry Library

The Cherry Mine Disaster by Frank Buck This book is unavailable. Cherry Library has a copy on display

The book was written in 1910 by Frank Buck. He was an office worker at the mine site when the disaster happened. A very articulate author describing in detail every aspect of the disaster and the mine site in general. I recorded the book on tape because the person I borrowed the book from wanted it back ASAP. The book is extremely rare and practically unobtainable unless your willing to pay a few hundred dollars to someone who is willing to part with it. (Under very special request i could make a copy for you from my tapes.)


Black Diamond Mines contains information about Cherry and numerous other mines in the northern Illinois.  The book has many great photos of Coal mining in most all these mining towns! You may be able to obtain this book at the Cherry Library also.  Book may also now be available at book stores. 

And more info about the Cherry Mine Disaster listed here below.

F.P. Buck - "The Cherry Mine Disaster" U of I at Springfield, Illinois Valley CC, Illinois-Weslyan, University of Illinois at Urbana

"William H. Clellan: Hero of the Cherry Mine Catrastrophe" Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville

Commision Report of the Investigation... U of I at Urbana

Judy Giachino - "The Cherry Mine Disaster - a Collection" (she was apparently collecting pictures etc.) U of I at Urbana

J.W. Pauley - "The Cherry Mine Disaster and its Impact on State and Federal Legislation" Illinois State, U of I at Urbana

Duncan MacDonald - "Cherry Mine Disaster: Report of Duncan MacDonald..." U of I at Urbana

R.G. Bluemer - "Black Diamond Mines" Illinois Valley CC, U of I Urbana, State Library

Karen Tintori - "Trapped - the 1909 Cherry Mine Disaster

Steve Stout - "Black Damp" Illinois State, U of I Urbana, Southern Illinois at Edwardsville

The Peter Donna Account Cherry Library

Bureau of Labor Statistics Report Cherry Library

Antenore - "The Great Disaster of the Cherry Illinois Mine" Cherry Library


To see the HO scale model layout of the Cherry Coal mine, come and visit the Cherry Library.  We also have detiled map diagrams to obverse for study. Open Wednesdays 5:00-7:00 or on Saturdays from 9:00-11:00!  Special doings every year on the Sunday closest to Nov. 13th                A fantastic Pancake and Sausage Breakfast and Bake sale!


Librarian; Eileen Pinter will answer your call within the library hours above.

Library Ph.1-815-894-3338