Hastings mine explosion

John C. Osgood, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Victor-American Fuel Company

The Hastings mine explosion was a fire at the Victor American Fuel Company coal mine in Hastings, Las Animas County, Colorado, on April 27, 1917, in which 121 people died.[1] A small monument marks the location, on County Road 44, about 1.5 km west of the Ludlow Monument. In June 1912, twelve miners were killed in an explosion at the same mine.[2]


  1. Clare Vernon McKanna (1997). Homicide, Race, and Justice in the American West, 1880-1920. University of Arizona Press. p. 93. ISBN 978-0-8165-1708-4.
  2. "MINE EXPLOSION.". Examiner (Launceston, Tas. : 1900 - 1954). Launceston, Tas.: National Library of Australia. 21 June 1912. p. 5 Edition: DAILY. Retrieved 12 August 2015.

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Coordinates: 37°20′0″N 104°36′0″W / 37.33333°N 104.60000°W / 37.33333; -104.60000

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