Bellingham Coal Company’s mine entrance monument located near the intersection of Northwest Avenue and...

This 1943 photo captures the beauty and serenity of the Bellingham Coal Company’s mine entrance monument located near the intersection of Northwest Avenue and...

Pascoe Mother Lode – 1934

It looks like Christmas but it was really August. It appears to be an underground mine but was actually the lobby of the Leopold...

Mine rescue and first aid events

On Saturday, August 9, 1924 a parade of busses and private cars, carrying more than 500 spectators, streamed into Carbonado to watch 25 teams representing coal mining towns of Western Washington compete in mine rescue and first aid events.

The Western Washington Mine Rescue and First Aid Meet that took place in Carbonado...

The Western Washington Mine Rescue and First Aid Meet that took place in Carbonado on August 9, 1924

Snook is shown explaining to visiting members of the Seattle Parent-Teacher Association

In this 1925 photo, B.F. Snook is shown explaining to visiting members of the Seattle Parent-Teacher Association just how the Gibbs breathing apparatus is...

Mine Rescue and First Aid

Last week’s column featured a photo of the Newcastle team at the Western Washington Mine Rescue and First Aid Meet held in Carbonado on...

First aid and mine rescue teams to Carbonado

On August 9, 1924 six coal-mining towns sent 25 first aid and mine rescue teams to Carbonado for what was deemed Washington’s most successful...

Jim Pasco Mine Safety

The 1stNational Mine Safety Demonstration was held at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on October 30-31, 1911. Forbes Field was the long-time home of the...

Probably the youngest First Aid Team in the world, the Black Diamond Midgets

                                                      The history of first aid dates well before the parable of the Good Samaritan, as told by Jesus in the Gospel of Luke. By...

Participants at the Western Washington First Aid and Mine Rescue Meet

Between 1885 and 1920 there were 847 recorded coal mine fatalities in Washington. Likely many more went unrecorded.  In the 1920s, the state increased...
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