Cherry Coal Mine Disaster

Victim's bodies in temporary Morgue
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

Bodies placed in tent area

Scene one in the temporary morgue.
The large canvas tent was set up on the southwest corner by the tipple.

Scene two at the morgue tent.
Notice the wooden coffins below the charred body remains


Here in this temporary tent, the victims of the disaster are laid for family to help identify. Many were identified by a type of watch or item worn on their clothing etc.

In the 1910 book called "The Cherry Mine Disaster", a description was given which gives the reader a ghastly and eerie glimpse of the horror filled task of identifying the bodies. The author described a scene he witnessed near the tent. Family members entered the tent in the night with flickering of the lantern lights helping to illuminate the tent. The disfigured bodies were silhouetted upon the canvass of the tent as a family member wept bitterly while verifying the remains of the lost loved one.

Scene three in temp morgue
Hell on earth.

Scene four in the Morgue tent
Not an easy job for anybody, including the photographers.

Scene five. Life is fragile so handle it with care
There is a fine line between life and death and God just doesn't intervene.

One of the many funeral processions.
Funeral for miners.

Sad scenes

A funeral in the mud.
The deepest sorrow and hurt the soul can know. Why God, why?

Pictured below are pocket watches, pipes, pencils and other items that were found on the victim's as they brought the lifeless bodies to the surface. These items helped to identify many of the miners who were otherwise unrecognizable because of the fire.

Items Found on Victim's bodies