over the past 200 years from 3 disastrous floods to tragic trolley and train accidents to deaths in its steel mills and manufacturing plants. But one disaster is little remembered and thats the Rolling Mill mine disaster which happened over 100 years ago.
As you drive down Pa 56 into Johnstown you see the magnificent Inclined Plane which rescued towns people during the floods but almost right beside it a disastrous coal mine explosion in the Rolling Mill Mine which took 112 men and boys lives occurred on July 10 1902
What made this event even more tragic where those who died trying to save the miners who where trapped in the only portal into the mine it was one of the largest mines in US with only one entrance way..
As well as a 100th commemoration video of the accident.
To think of the horror that day of the explosion you are a newly arrived immigrant in a strange land now stuck in complete darkness awaiting your last breath. Company's did not care if you died few followed safety regulations and mine inspectors where often bribed No one cared and in many cases it was not known who the miner even was or if he had family often times death tolls where much higher bcuse mines collapsed and it was not even known who all was working that day.