By Michael Punke
The real tale of the worst hard-rock mining catastrophe in American history
The worst hard-rock mining catastrophe in American historical past started a part hour earlier than nighttime on June eight, 1917, whilst hearth broke out within the North Butte Mining Company's Granite Mountain shaft. Sparked greater than thousand ft less than flooring, the fireplace spewed flames, smoke, and toxic fuel via a labyrinth of underground tunnels. inside an hour, greater than 400 males will be locked in a conflict to outlive. inside 3 days, 100 and sixty-four of them will be dead.
Fire and Brimstone recounts the notable tales of either the lads less than floor and their households above, concentrating on teams of miners who made the impressive selection to entomb themselves to flee the fuel. whereas the catastrophe is compelling in its personal correct, fireplace and Brimstone additionally tells a miles broader story—striking in its modern relevance.
Butte, Montana, at the eve of the North Butte catastrophe, was once a risky jumble of antiwar protest, an abusive company grasp, seething exertions unrest, divisive ethnic stress, and radicalism either left and correct. It was once a powder keg missing just a spark, and the mine fireplace may ignite moves, homicide, ethnic and political witch hunts, career via federal troops, and eventually a conflict over presidential energy.
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