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Breaking News: Two Dead, 20 Hospitalized in Accident at Ouray County Mine (Colorado)
Watch Newspapers ^ | Nov. 17, 2013 | William Woody, Samantha Wright and Gus Jarvis

Posted on 11/17/2013 4:00:30 PM PST by george76

OURAY – A mining accident early Sunday morning at the Revenue-Virginius Mine in Ouray County has killed two miners and sent 20 to the region's hospitals.

According to Ouray County authorities at approximately 3:20 p.m. Sunday, the rescue initiated for two miners who remained underground resulted in confirmation of two fatalities at the site by the County Coroner's office; the two men's identities have not been released.

Twenty victims were taken to various hospitals in the region, with one victim reportedly in critical condition at Montrose Memorial Hospital.

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The historic Revenue-Virginius Silver Mine is located 6.9 miles south of Ouray near Yankee Boy Basin; its roughly 100 workers come from Ouray, Montrose and San Juan counties ... In its heyday, between 1876 and the late 1940s, the mine produced more than 14.5 million ounces of silver, weathering the Silver Panic of 1893, while many other silver mines in the region and across the West failed.

(Excerpt) Read more at watchnewspapers.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events; US: Colorado
KEYWORDS: campbird; campbirdmine; deathtoll; mine; mining; montrose; ouray; revenuevirginius; silver; silvermines; yankeeboy; yankeeboybasin

1 posted on 11/17/2013 4:00:30 PM PST by george76
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To: george76

Tragic.

Prayers for the families.

Apparently not a cave-in but a blast-powder accident?

(Thanks for the post.)


2 posted on 11/17/2013 4:06:48 PM PST by Fightin Whitey
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The Ouray County Sheriff’s Office was called to the Revenue Virginius mine at about 7:20 a.m., county spokeswoman Marti Whitmore said. The miners were trapped underground and were confirmed dead Sunday afternoon.

“Anything that has been reported is speculative,” Whitmore said. “We don’t know what the cause is.”


3 posted on 11/17/2013 4:08:00 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76

Yankee boy basin is some of the prettiest scenery on earth. Ouray is deservingly called the Switzerland of the rockies. Prayers for those injured and the families of the dead.


4 posted on 11/17/2013 4:10:21 PM PST by Mom MD
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To: MileHi; dhs12345; neverdem; ColoCowgirl; RandallFlagg; dynachrome; beaversmom; GSWarrior; ...

Colorado Ping ( Let me know if you wish to be added or removed from the list.)

Ouray is about 74 miles north of Durango.

The last major mining disaster in Colorado occurred on April 15, 1981, when an explosion killed 15 people at the Mid-Continent Dutch Creek No. 1 Mine near Redstone.

http://www.durangoherald.com/article/20131117/NEWS01/131119612/2-killed-20-injured-in-Ouray-mining-accident-


5 posted on 11/17/2013 4:11:30 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76

RIP and prayers for the victims.


6 posted on 11/17/2013 4:16:29 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Mom MD

Yankee Boy Basin has wonderful wild flowers, fall colors, high mountain peaks, 4x4 roads, and ...

The famous Camp Bird mine is named after the “Camp Birds”, probably Rocky Mountain jays, that ate many a miner’s lunch. David Lavender wrote about his experiences working at the Camp Bird Mine in the 1930s in his classic memoir One Man’s West.


7 posted on 11/17/2013 4:21:45 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: Mom MD
Ouray, CO evening:


8 posted on 11/17/2013 4:25:07 PM PST by Rebelbase (Tagline: optional, printed after your name on post)
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To: Rebelbase

Beautiful.

May God bless them all.


9 posted on 11/17/2013 4:29:25 PM PST by Fightin Whitey
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To: george76

Thanks for the ping, george76.

I was in Ouray last week.

Prayers up for all concerned.


10 posted on 11/17/2013 4:33:29 PM PST by laplata (Liberals don't get it .... their minds are diseased.)
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To: Mom MD

so isolated, most who live in Colorado haven’t ever even been there.
As pretty as it gets right up next to Big Red Mountain
Prayers for all.


11 posted on 11/17/2013 4:37:08 PM PST by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) ( Hey Rubio, eat pooh pal))
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To: george76
I've got a nephew who works at that mine. He had Sunday off.

He was called out to help in the rescue, however. He said that it was, in fact, a carbon monoxide incident.

12 posted on 11/17/2013 4:41:06 PM PST by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: george76

The Revenue-Virginius mine is a silver, lead, zinc, copper and gold mine.


13 posted on 11/17/2013 4:53:44 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Rebelbase
I came, oh, so close to buying the Beaumont Hotel in Ouray back in 1968. The asking price at the time was $25K -- a reasonable sum at the time (and probably trimmable).

The bar was open, ten (of 40) rooms were habitable, the kitchen was equipped and 39 of the original bedroom sets were in storage on the property. And, structurally, it was still sound.

At the time, I was working in Cincinnati. But my mom and dad volunteered to move there and run it, pretty much for the privilege of living in Ouray.

Sometime in seventies, somebody sprung for the deal. And, today, the Beaumont is the top luxury hotel in SW Colorado with room rates of $159 to over $300. It's coining money...in one of the most beautiful places in the world.

I shouldda, wouldda, couldda...

14 posted on 11/17/2013 4:56:21 PM PST by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: okie01

Your post reminded me of a friend’s grandfather who had the opportunity to buy a huge chunk of Miami Beach in the 1920’s for a song.

“It was just a worthless coconut plantation” was the reason he didn’t.


15 posted on 11/17/2013 5:06:22 PM PST by Rebelbase (Tagline: optional, printed after your name on post)
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To: okie01

Thanks for the update.

Please let me know if your learn more.


16 posted on 11/17/2013 5:08:39 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: Rebelbase

Good to see I’m in good company...


17 posted on 11/17/2013 5:25:04 PM PST by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: Rebelbase

Incredible photo.

Prayers for all these people. Mining is very dangerous and few people in this country really seem to appreciate it.


18 posted on 11/17/2013 6:02:06 PM PST by livius
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To: Mom MD
Yankee boy basin is some of the prettiest scenery on earth.

You got that right. Rode through there last March. Remembering all involved, including their families.

19 posted on 11/17/2013 6:42:34 PM PST by RatRipper (The political left are utterly evil and corrupt)
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To: george76

Prayers for these men and their loved ones.


20 posted on 11/17/2013 6:50:19 PM PST by pax_et_bonum (Never Forget the Seals of Extortion 17 - and God Bless America)
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Prayers up.


21 posted on 11/17/2013 7:59:04 PM PST by MestaMachine (My caps work. You gotta earn them.)
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