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19 October 2009



Both pictures, and their subject matter, are amazing. For entirely different reasons, of course. I'm just happy it's not an Ohio sign.


Glad you posted about the sign not making sense. I was thinking I needed more coffee to understand it.

I didn't know about the silica dust and the deaths it caused. They don't teach that in history class. Terrible of Union-Carbide not to take responisbility.


It amazes me that the state has never replaced the sign.


And, oh, the silicosis disaster was the inspiration for the blues classic "Silicosis is Killing Me" by Josh White (aka Pinewood Tom), who was quite an amazing person.


The sign is incorrect: the Royal Gorge in CO is 1250' deep.
The 15,368 feet long Hawk's Nest Tunnel, completed 1931, diverted the New River to provide hydroelectric power. http://www.wvculture.org/history/disasters/hawksnesttunnel02.html
Thousands of miners died digging Hawk's Nest Tunnel to make several already wealthy men wealthier. Men too sick to work were subject to arrest. Miners were given fictitious diagnoses of 'tunnelitis' instead of silicosis. Hundreds were buried in an unmarked mass grave.
House Subcommittee on Labor transcript at http://www.english.illinois.edu/maps/poets/m_r/rukeyser/investigation.htm
Several books on the subject: http://www.readthehook.com/blog/index.php/2008/03/05/hawks-nest-tunnel-tome/#more-2907


Good resources.

I'm really confused. Didn't someone leave a comment here about how the sign made perfect sense to him?


Confusion erased. The comment wasn't left here but on Topix.

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