Centralia, Illinois: Coal Mine Explosion Museum

The explosion, on March 25, 1947, killed 111 men, one of the deadliest mine disasters in U.S. history.

Centralia Area Historical Museum

Address:
240 S. Locust St., Centralia, IL
Directions:
Centralia Area Historical Museum. Downtown, on the northwest corner of S. Locust and E. 3rd Sts.
Hours:
W,F,Sa 10-4 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Phone:
618-545-0657
Admission:
Donation
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Coal Mine Explosion Museum

The explosion, on March 25, 1947, killed 111 men, one of the deadliest mine disasters in U.S. history. A monument to the event is in nearby Wamac, and the Centralia Area Historical Museum has a lot of pictures and details about the accident. Both are worth seeing. [Larry Ash, 07/03/2019]

Several of the men, trapped by the explosion, wrote notes and put them in their pockets. Woody Guthrie later performed a song about the notes titled, "The Dying Miner."


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