By Liz Radley

liz radleyAt 10:28 on the morning of May 1, 1900, an explosion ripped through the Winter Quarters No. 4 mine near Scofield. Many miners died instantly from the blast, and many more in the connected Winter Quarter No. 1 died from toxic gases as they tried to escape.

At least 200 miners died that day. Every household in the town of Scofield was affected, leaving 107 widows and 270 fatherless children.  There were not enough caskets in the state of Utah to bury all the dead —  75 had to be brought in from Denver.

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