Category: disasters

The Terrible Cherry Hill Mine Disaster

Due to an electrical outage, the nearly 500 workers in the coal mine in Cherry, Illinois on November 13, 1909 had to light kerosene lanterns and torches. One caught fire to a cart full of hay for the mules, which

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Disasters as Entertainment at Coney Island

In 1904, Coney Island’s opening day attracted 250,000 to ride the coasters, take a dip in the ocean, and watch the fiery end of the world. Apocalyptic entertainment had a long history in the area. The perfectly named James Pain

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