Local History Presentation

23jan7:00 pm8:30 pmLocal History PresentationThe 136th Anniversary of the Jokerville Mine Explosion

Event Details

Are you interested in the fascinating history of the Gunnison Country? The 136th anniversary of the Crested Butte Mine Disaster, the greatest mining tragedy to ever occur in our valley, and one of the worst in Colorado history, is upcoming on Friday, January 24, 2020. Local historian Larry McDonald has uncovered many mysteries about the disaster, and intimate details about many of the victims and their lives, that he will share in presentations to pay tribute to “The Forgotten 59”. Did anyone survive the explosion? Why were boy’s as young as 12 working in the mine? Which victim was a convicted killer working under an assumed name who may have played an integral role in a crucial Civil War battle? Who was blamed for the disaster, and why? How many members of the Stewart family perished? Who was John McNeil? How did the mine become to be called the Jokerville? Many of these questions will be answered, while some may never be.

This presentation is free and open to all.



(Thursday) 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm mst


Crested Butte Library

504 Maroon Avenue, Crested Butte, CO 81224


Crested Butte Library

970-349-6535 cblibrary@gunnisoncountylibraries.org

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