The Knox Mine Disaster DVD
The Knox Mine Disaster, a WVIA Original Documentary Film produced in 1984, features many first-person accounts of the tragedy that helped mark the end of deep mining in much of the Wyoming Valley.
The Knox Mine disaster was a mining accident that took place in the Port Griffith village of Jenkins Township, Pennsylvania, near Pittston, on January 22, 1959. The River Slope Mine flooded when miners dug too close to the riverbed. This caused the river to break through into the mine. The bodies of the 12 people who died were never recovered. It took 3 days to partially plug the hole, which was done by dumping rail cars into the whirlpool formed by the water draining into the mine.
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