Monday marks 50 years since Sunshine Mine disaster

KELLOGG, Idaho — Monday marks 50 years since one of the darkest days in the Silver Valley.

On May 2, 1972 a fire erupted in Shoshone County’s Sunshine Mine. More than 170 miners were deep inside and trapped when the fire erupted.

Crews worked to evacuated the workers but after 80 were lifted to safety, the hoist operator died from smoke inhalation. Ninety one workers were killed from carbon monoxide poisoning.

A week later, two minors who had found a safe zone were rescued from nearly a mile beneath the ground.

A ceremony to honor those killed will be held Monday at 11 a.m. It will be held at the Sunshine Miners Memorial located north of I-90 off of exit 54.