The Granite Mountain Speculator Mine

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the 168 souls who lost their lives in the deadliest hard rock mining disaster in United States history

June 8th





Honoring the Legacy of the Granite Mountain Speculator Mine Disaster


On the night of June 8th, 1917, a devastating event unfolded in the depths of the earth that would forever change the course of our history. The Granite Mountain Speculator Mine disaster stands as the most tragic mining accident in our nation's history, claiming the lives of 168 miners. These brave souls, in pursuit of building a better future for themselves and their loved ones, faced unimaginable conditions with courage and resilience.


The disaster not only brought to light the perilous nature of mining but also sparked a movement for improved safety regulations and workers' rights, leaving an indelible mark on our collective conscience. It is a somber reminder of the sacrifices made by those who have come before us, whose hard work and determination have paved the way for progress and innovation.


Today, we pay tribute to the memory of the miners lost in the Granite Mountain Speculator Mine disaster. Through this website, we aim to educate and inspire current and future generations about the significance of this event. We delve into the personal stories of the miners, the heroic rescue efforts, and the lasting impact of the tragedy on mining safety and labor rights.

As we reflect on this pivotal moment in our history, we are reminded of the strength and resilience of the human spirit. The legacy of the Granite Mountain Speculator Mine disaster continues to resonate, urging us to remember the past as we strive for a safer and more just future.


Join us in honoring the lives and sacrifices of the Granite Mountain miners. Explore their stories, learn from their experiences, and carry forward the lessons of resilience, unity, and the relentless pursuit of progress and safety for all.


I am single. Chris was married. I'd rather have died if he could have lived.

Louie Muller


From Those Who Were There

Papa's at the hospital. A man came and said papa was not dead in the mine, but he's at the hospital.

Oldest child of Stanley Lazykeics

There was a lot of us on the 2000 foot level and about 12:30 the nipper told there was a fire in the shaft and that we had better get out.

Dave Belmont



In the heart of our community lies the memory of a tragedy that bound us together in both grief and unity. On the solemn night of June 8th, 1917, the Granite Mountain Speculator Mine disaster claimed the lives of 168 miners, marking it as one of the darkest moments in our history. These men, whose labor and dreams were woven into the very fabric of our town, left behind a legacy of resilience and solidarity.

As we look back on that fateful night, we are reminded of the importance of keeping their memory alive, not just in our thoughts but through our actions. Today, we invite you to be a part of a lasting tribute to honor the spirits of those who were taken from us too soon.

By purchasing a commemorative brick, you are remembering an individual who lost their life in the Granite Mountain Speculator Mine tragedy and contributing to a permanent memorial that will stand as a testament to their sacrifice. Each brick, engraved with the name of a lost miner, will be laid in a place of honor, creating a pathway of remembrance for future generations to walk upon, reflect, and learn from our shared history.

Your support ensures that the memory of the Granite Mountain heroes will continue to ignite a flame of remembrance in our hearts, reminding us of the preciousness of life and the strength of a community that stands together in the face of adversity.

Join us in this meaningful tribute to preserve the memory of those who have gone before us, turning tragedy into a symbol of our collective resilience and unwavering spirit. Purchase a brick, and let their legacy be set in stone forever.



Current Board Members


  •    Joe McElroy
  •    Ellen Crain
  •    Sara Sparks
  •    Gerry Walters
  •    Pat Sampson
  •    Loren Burmeister
  •    Tom Gordon


Honorary Board Members


  •    Fred Walters
  •    Jean Canada