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The Tragedy of May 10th, 1892 – 1st Edition

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Explosion Kills 45 Miners in Roslyn, Washington

The Tragedy of May 10th, 1892

This book is sure to be treasured for generations to come

The Upper County is built upon a foundation of coal mining This book pays tribute to the 45 miners who lost their lives in the 1892 explosion at the No. 1 Mine in Roslyn and their families.

These are their stories.

Told as only someone from their time could recount them.

As gripping as they were 125 years ago.

“Paul has done a masterful job of providing the reader with a good look at historic events surrounding the disastrous mine explosion of 1892. He describes, in great detail, the heart wrenching impact the disaster had on the widows and their families and presents a clear and gripping picture of the harsh circumstances under which Roslyn’s early pioneers struggled to survive. This is a must read for those who love and appreciate Roslyn history.”                                                                       Dick Watts of the Roslyn, Ronald, Cle Elum Heritage Club

“This book is dedicated to Seattle Press-Times reporter Ryerson, an eye-witness who ventured into the tragedy. Through his words people throughtout the Northwest and beyond felt the terror and loss Roslyn, Ronald and Cle Elum experienced in 1892 … he immediately boarded a Northern Pacific train, crossed Snoqualmie Pass to Cle Elum, and from there traveled to the scene of the tragedy at Mine No. 1 in Roslyn.”

Author Paul Fridlund, in collaboration with Lynda Solter and Connie Wanachek, has compiled a multi-dimensional picture of how that monumental event forever changed the lives of so many in the Upper County. “There is nothing I can write that can match the documentary record left by this remarkable man,” said Fridlund of Ryerson, “in less than two days. He recorded the tragedy, and this journalist captured the scene and is quoted often and heavily in this book. In a sense, we walk in Ryerson’s footsteps and see through his eyes what he experienced more than 125 years ago in Roslyn.”

(See NKC Tribune review)


  • Dedication
  • May 10th, 1892
  • Opening the Mines
  • The People Came
  • Labor Trouble in 1888
  • The Depression of 1892
  • Mine No. 1 on May 10th
  • Explosion
  • The Tragedy
  • The Rescue Parties
  • Caring for the Dead
  • The Gloom of Death
  • Inadequate Relief
  • The Widows Left Behind
  • Frances Jowitt Cusworth McCabe
  • The Legacy of Mining Coal
  • ‘Honouring Our Heritage’
  • Mr. Krueger Taught Heritage
  • One Man Would Not Leave
  • Those Who Died in the Mines
  • Acknowlegements


  • author: Paul Fridlund
  • ASIN number: B000CJ6EAE
  • Condition: brand new
  • soft cover
  • 195 pages
  • over 100 historic photos, maps and documents
  • profits from sale of this book go towards continuing the good works of the Roslyn, Ronald Cle Elum Heritage Club, as author Paul Fridlund generously turned over the rights to his book to the club for a nominal dollar


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