Special Photo Feature - State Historical Marker Dedicated at Quecreek Mine Rescue Event
A crowd of more than 150 helped the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and the Quecreek Mine Rescue Foundation dedicate an official State Historical
Participants in the dedication included Laura Fisher, Commissioner Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Rep. Bob Bastian, Sen. Richard Kasunic, Joe Sbaffoni, DEP Directory of Deep Mine Safety, James Marker, Somerset County Commissioner, David Hess, former Secretary DEP and Bill Arnold, President of the Quecreek Mine Rescue Foundation. Bill Brown, WJAC-TV morning anchor, was master of ceremonies.
Four of the nine rescued miners also attended the event: Ron Hileman, Tom Foy, Blaine Mayhugh and Robert Pugh.
“There was unanimous agreement in the Marker Committee that this extraordinary event that meant so much to so many people should be recognized through our Marker program,” said Commissioner Laura Fisher. “The Commission is very pleased to be able to help tell the public about this extraordinary event.”
“We were honored the state Historical and Museum Commission approved a State Historical
The text on the blue and gold historic marker reads--
QUECREEK MINE ACCIDENT AND RESCUE
The Historical Marker was unveiled by Ed Popernack, father of rescued miner Mark Popernack and Russell Hess, father of then DEP Secretary David Hess.
The PHMC Historical
The next project to be undertaken by the Foundation is the construction of a visitors’ center at the Rescue Site that will be modeled on the Sipesville Fire Hall were family and friends of the trapped miners gathered to comfort each other and hear updates on rescue operations from Gov. Mark Schweiker and state and federal mine rescue officials.
Plans to move the entire fire hall to the Rescue Site had to be abandoned because of structural problems with the building after the fire company built a new fire hall, but the Foundation hopes to bring portions of the original building to the site to be used in the new visitors’ center.
The Rescue Site is located on a farm owned by Bill and Lori Arnold that continues in operation while the Arnolds and volunteers host bus and car loads of visitors that tour the site every year.
The Quecreek Mine Rescue Foundation depends on donations from the public and sponsors to underwrite projects like this and to educate the public about the Rescue Site. Contact the Foundation by writing: 151 Haupt Road, Somerset, PA 15501 or calling 814-445-4876 or by visiting: www.QuecreekRescue.org .
Register Now For
|Go To Preceding Article Go To Next Article|