|Name||White Ash mine|
The White Ash is the mine first dug by R.D. Hall and Al. Jones in 1877
which became the area's most prominent, named for the ash left behind
when you burn its coal. On September 9, 1889, water from the flooded
Black Diamond mine on the north side broke through a fire-weakened fault
and roared down into the 730-foot level of the White Ash, killing the 10
miners there and trapping them there forever.
The mine continued to operate by developing another shaft. After exhausting the coal it closed for good in 1895.
From then onward they were remembered each year by Golden's Odd Fellows lodge who lost several of their own in the disaster, who on their memorial day after marking
their members' graves at Golden Cemetery with flowers came here and first cast flowers into the shaft, then its pit, and finally left upon the ground. A monument to one was created at Golden Cemetery, and finally in 1936 their resting place was properly marked at its site.