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Leach Cemetery Miners' Circle Monument

1902 Fraterville Mine Disaster (Tennessee, USA)

See Also the Briceville Circle Cemetery

Leach Cemetery Miners' Circle Monument

Credit goes to the Coal Creek Watershed Foundation's web page describing the Coal Creek Motor Discovery Trail for providing a suggested tour route and information about the area.

More pictures and information can be found at Carl Fritts' web pages about the Leach Cemetery and the Fraterville mine disaster. Also, Bonnie Phillips is collecting pictures, names and dates from Leach cemetery, as well as from many others in the area.

The location is shown in this aerial view from Terraserver (faint circle at right), and in this map from maps.yahoo.com.


Leach Cemetery Miners' Circle Monument

It makes a stunning impression to see the same date, May 19, 1902, over and over, on every headstone in the circular pattern surrouding the central monument.

Leach Cemetery Miners' Circle Monument

The photo at right looks back towards the church.


Leach Cemetery Miners' Circle Monument

This headstone shows an example of the repairs that have been done to improve the condition of the monuments.

Leach Cemetery Miners' Circle Monument

The base of the central monument is engraved with the names of the many miners who died in the tragic accident.


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