Author to recognize potash mine accident sign books (Moab Times Independent – August 23, 2018)

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A gathering to commemorate the 55th anniversary of the tragic Cane Creek Potash Mine Explosion near Moab will be held on Aug. 26 and 27.

The Museum of Moab and the Grand County Historical Preservation Commission are sponsoring the event at the Grand Center at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 27. David Vaughn will facilitate the night’s event and Kymberly Mele, the author of the book, “Disaster at Cane Creek,” will be one of several speakers. Mele will also sign books before this event, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the same location. The book is a comprehensive account of the 1963 Cane Creek underground potash mine explosion.

A gathering has also been planned for the previous day, Aug. 26, at the Cane Creek Mine Explosion Monument at Intrepid Potash Company (current owners of the facility) west of Moab at 4 p.m. This will be a chance for many to gather near the mine site and see the Cane Creek Monument. For those who need a ride to the mine site they may contact Vaughn. The mine site is located at the end of Potash Road on Hwy. 279.

“This story, while tragic because of the men who lost their lives, also highlights the human drive for survival by the men who lived and the determination and camaraderie the mine rescuers had to the end,” said Mele.

The book has been described as “a story of courage, survival and tragedy” and as a riveting account of the devastating potash mine explosion that occurred Aug. 27, 1963, only hours after a miraculous mine rescue of two coal miners near Sheppton, Pennsylvania. Caught in the horrific explosion near Moab were 25 miners working the afternoon shift at Texas Gulf Sulphur’s new Cane Creek Potash Mine located on the banks of the Colorado River.

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