Somerset, Pennsylvania: Quecreek Mine Rescue Memorial Team Field Report

151 Haupt Rd, Somerset, PA
I-70/76 to Somerset Exit 110 - toward US 219 Somerset - Johnstown. Turn onto PA-601 North for 3.6 miles. PA-601 becomes PA-985. The memorial site is 3/4 of a mile up on the left.
Rescue Site Daily 8 am - 8 pm. Ed. Center Apr 1 - Nov 1, T-Sa 11 am - 6 pm. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Quecreek Mine Rescue.

Quecreek Mine Rescue Memorial

A miner miracle on July 28, 2002, lifting the nation's post-9/11 spirits. Indoor exhibits feature the rescue capsule that saved everyone. Outdoor statue and rescue shaft cap. Report...

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All Miners Saved.

Quecreek Mine Rescue: July 28, 2002

In the wake of 9/11, America needed a feel-good story, and got one only a few miles from where Flight 93 came down in Pennsylvania. Nine coal miners were trapped underground, the mine was flooding, and hope was fading. However, the spot where they were trapped was found using the then-novel tech of GPS just a few feet off of Hwy 985, under a dairy farm field. A shaft was drilled, and one-by-one, the miners were hauled to the surface and safety, the last one on July 28, 2002. The spot has been preserved with the rescue equipment, a statue, and even the local news van. It was called a miracle, but what's also miraculous, and possibly unique, is that it has produced a rare mine memorial with a happy ending.

[ Team, 07/28/2022]

Miner rescue sculpture.

Quecreek Mine Rescue Memorial

This is quite a moving place, seeing the vents and tubes from the mine rescue. The statue and flag are quite large. It's a quiet spot to sit and remember.

[EC, 06/28/2022]
Fire Hall Too Feeble for Mine Rescue Move

Plans to move the Sipesville Fire Hall to the Quecreek Rescue Memorial site have been cancelled. As we reported in our visit story, the folks at Quecreek were hoping to transport the original firehall to the rescue site, since the building was a critical information and assembly hub for families during the mine flood crisis.


[08/22/2006] Complete News Story

Quecreek Miner statue

The rescued and the rescuers are remembered with the Quecreek Miner statue. A new monument was unveiled this summer in a memorial park in Somerset, PA, near the site where nine miners were rescued in western Pennsylvania in 2002. The rescue shaft and empty field had been all visitors could gawk at until now.

The long term plan is to complete the Queecreek Miner Memorial with 31 bronze figures recreating the moment when living miners started to emerge from the rescue tunnel. It will be completed by July 2004, 2nd anniversary of the rescue.

[ Team, 09/16/2003]

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Elephant Statue - Breeding Ranch TributeElephant Statue - Breeding Ranch Tribute, Somerset, PA - 4 mi.
Globe TowerGlobe Tower, Somerset, PA - 4 mi.
Bicycle Built for Two SculptureBicycle Built for Two Sculpture, Jennerstown, PA - 6 mi.
In the region:
The Living Dead Museum, Monroeville, PA - 45 mi.

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