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I spent a day at the Ridges in Athens,Ohio. First, I toured the Kennedy Museum (CLICK) then on to the haunted and boarded up old TB hospital. Lastly, a leisurely stroll thru the cemetery. I felt “spooked” for a week after that walk. Enough from me here are my skies for SkyWatch Friday.
NEAR LANCASTER,OHIO IN SOUTH EAST OHIO YOU HAVE THE MILLFIELD COAL MINE DISASTER. IF YOU ARE EVER EXPLORING THE HOCKING HILLS OR THE BACK ROADS OF ATHENS COUNTY CHECK IT OUT.
On November 5, 1930 unseasonably cold weather and heavy snowfall blanketed the ground in Athens County, Ohio. 191 miners working at the Sunday Creek Coal Mine # 6. were ill prepared for what followed.
An electrical problem caused a short circuit and ignited methane gas that had accumulated in the mine shaft. Sigmund Kozma who was the last survivor of the mine disaster died on January 3, 2009. Mr. Kozma says,”everything was chaos after the explosion.” Take the time to watch the interview with Mr. Kozma at the end of this post.
THE MINE SITE TODAY:::
A towering smokestack at the Millfield Mine Site in the backwoods of Athens County
Love those back roads of S.E. Ohio
"Maximum death awards from Ohio's workman's compensation was $6,500 which was also given to injured survivors. The state of Ohio fund also paid for the funeral costs and burials of the men." ( Athens Messenger) READ MORE
The Sunday Creek Coal Company also ran the mine at San Toy which they say is now haunted. Click to go to San Toy Post.
For some history of the coal mine industry in early Ohio CLICK
For centuries,miners took canary birds down into the mines to warn them of potential disaster.Canaries are very sensitive to carbon monoxide. Usually the canaries would chirp and sing all day. When the canaries were no longer singing (dead) the miners knew the gas levels were to high and to get out of the mine. CLICK to see some old photos of Sunday Creek Coal Mine # 6 and the Canary warning system
If this at all interests you check out this YouTube video (Interview with Mr.Kozma) He was there when it happened and survived.
Thanks for stopping by. Next time (maybe) we will take a look at::
“The Athens Lunatic Asylum was a mental hospital operational in Athens, Ohio from 1874 until 1993. During its operation, the hospital provided services to a variety of patients including Civil War veterans, children, and violent criminals suffering from various mental disabilities. It is best known as a site of hundreds of the infamous lobotomy procedure, as well as various supposed paranormal sightings. After the hospital's original structure closed, the state of Ohio acquired the property and renamed the complex and its surrounding grounds "The Ridges". “Thanks Wikipedia
The kennedy Museum of Art at Ohio University is located at the “Ridges” Today, we are going to take a look at::
“Asylum”: Inside the Closed World of State Mental Hospitals Photography exhibition by Chris Payne ( These are my photos of his photos) August 27, 2010 – December 30, 2010 and yes this is Haunting
Thanks for stopping by. This is my first post since the computer crashed so I’m not sure how it is going to publish. At any rate my visit to the “Ridges” was certainly haunting and I will be doing a future post about that and the old haunted TB Hospital & Cemetery.