One Of The Worst Mining Disasters In American History Happened Right Here In Montana

To say the mining industry is brutal is an understatement. It’s a very risky venture, and it used to be even more dangerous. Even so, with proper training and equipment, many of Montana’s miners have enjoyed a long, profitable career. Unfortunately, nothing could have prepared the people at Smith Mine #3 near Bearcreek for what happened in 1943. The Smith Mining Disaster was the worst incident Montana has ever seen.

The Smith Mining Disaster was extremely tragic. The few that escaped were lucky that the local community came together to help them and risk their own lives to look for survivors. Our big-hearted people are part of what makes Montana the best state in the country.