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Trapped: The 1909 Cherry Mine Disaster Paperback – September 17, 2003
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The disaster was the usual result of carelessness, bad luck and arrogant overconfidence. When built, the Cherry Mine was thought to be fireproof, much like the Titanic was thought to be iceberg proof. When the fire started, it wasn't taken seriously at first, indeed, the elevator operators continued to haul up coal for over an hour after the initial flames appeared. By the time the danger became readilly apparent, it was too late for a majority of the miners.
Tintori adopts the correct tone for such a book, letting the words of the survivors speak for themselves whenever possible. Her account of the twenty miners who spent several days trapped below ground and presumed dead before being rescued is particularly compelling, as are the verbatum words from a short journal written by a trapped miner who eventually suffocated. Tintori may not quite have the narrative touch of say, Sebastian Junger or Jon Krakauer, but she is still quite good.
Overall, an excellent historical account of a very unfortunate trajedy.
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Loved it....provided full visuals in detail. I have the book and wont part with it.Published 5 months ago by harley gal
Part of my family history,my grandparents and great grandparents and great uncle are all from Cherry. Read morePublished 5 months ago by P. Ryan
Excellent value, great delivery. Good reading. sold on Amazon.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
On the morning of November 13, 1909, 480 workers descended into the coal mine in Cherry, Illinois. At about 1:00 pm, a cartload of hay for the mine's mules caught fire and began to... Read morePublished 11 months ago by The Reviewer Formerly Known as Kurt Johnson
Book came in a timely manor. I was very pleased with this purchasePublished 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
The book was new just as described and arrived in a timely manner. Very happy with this purchase.Published 19 months ago by Debbie May
I grew up in Streator, Illinois. As a child I remember going to the cemetary and seeing headstones with the phrase "Died in the Cherry Mine Disaster. Read morePublished on January 13, 2014 by Nancy Murphy
I don't live very far from Cherry, Ill., and grew up with the tales of those terrible few days from an elderly neighbor, who was a little boy in Cherry when the mine disaster... Read morePublished on December 25, 2013 by Andy Sachs