Siltex Mine Portal
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
Backstory and Context
On 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.
“Sparks from Shuttle Car Caused Disaster at Mine.”Vol. 87 No.32, The Raleigh Register, 29 July 1966.