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Remembering Lost Sunshine Miners

Item: 91 miners died 40 years ago at Sunshine Mine in Silver Valley/Becky Kramer, SR

JohnA: "My folks and I discussed the disaster yesterday over breakfast with my older sister. It is still like a Kennedy moment for us as we all remembered where we were when the first news came out. I was playing basketball in the backyard with friends who like me would come to know over the next seven days the depth of the disaster. We all tried to go to school over the next few days but the news kept getting worse and worse. The count would rise daily as crews braved the conditions to reach lower levels of the mine. Stories of heroism echoed through the halls. I remember the father of a friend of mine who went back in to try to rescue the crew he supervised and perished in the effort. The brother of my trackmate gave up his self-rescuer to another in a selfless act. He was found among dozens who died near hoist rooms awaiting transport but the hoistmen were already dead. I’ve known or worked with a dozen men who’ve died in the 40 years since that fateful day but the sheer number of losses remains sobering."

Question: Did you know anyone who died in the Sunshine Mine disaster in May 1972?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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