A sealed drift portal of the former Siltex Mine that operated until 1984. The portal also serves as a memorial for the victims of an explosion which occurred at the mine on July 23, 1966
Saturday, July 23, 1966, disaster would rock the sleepy little village of Mount
Hope. The New River Company operated the
Siltix Mine just on the outskirts of town.
As was reported by the Raleigh Register, “Prior to the explosion, sufficient
ventilation was not provided in the three short rooms or on the section to
remove methane being released and it is believed that suitable gas examinations
were not made in the explosions area immediately before the crew began moving
the electric face equipment to the working face. Methane was touched off by
arcs and sparks from the defective equipment. Seven men would lose their lives on this
day. Their memories still live on as the
surviving relatives honor their lives at a yearly memorial service.