- Associated Press - Saturday, October 29, 2016

ISHPEMING, Mich. (AP) - Many events are planned in the Upper Peninsula to mark the 90th anniversary of a mine disaster that killed 51 people.

The Barnes-Hecker iron mine near Ishpeming was nearly 1,100 feet deep. An explosion caused water and sand to flood the mine on Nov. 3, 1926. More than half the victims were natives of other countries.

On Monday and Tuesday, WNMU-TV will air a documentary about the disaster. Author Tom Friggens will give a talk Wednesday at the Marquette Regional History Center.

Bells will ring 51 times at 11:20 a.m. Thursday at many churches in Marquette County. The Mining Journal (https://bit.ly/2dYHPpk ) says a service will be held at 7 p.m. at Bethel Lutheran Church in Ishpeming.

Finally, on Saturday, the names of the 51 miners will be read aloud at the Cliffs Shaft Mine Museum in Ishpeming.


Online: https://www.facebook.com/BarnesHeckerRemembrance/


Information from: The Mining Journal, https://www.miningjournal.net

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