This summer the headlines were all about a mine disaster in Utah. Meanwhile a Pennsylvania mine disaster that got its start in the 1960s is still unresolved today. An underground fire in an abandoned mine ultimately forced the evacuation and abandonment of Centralia, a working class town south of Bloomsburg. This new book from journalist Joan Quigley, whose grandmother lived in the town, tells a story of bureaucratic ineptitude and indecision and of townspeople who stayed despite the dangers.
BookMark: The Day the Earth Caved In: An American Mining Tragedy, by Joan Quigley (Random House, 2007)
By MIKE SAVAGE • October 17, 2007