New book pays tribute to 45 Roslyn Miners killed in 1892 explosion


Explosion Kills 45 Miners in Roslyn, Washington

The Tragedy of May 10th, 1892

This book is sure to be treasured for generations to come

The Upper County is built upon a foundation of coal mining This book pays tribute to the 45 miners who lost their lives in the 1892 explosion at the No. 1 Mine in Roslyn and their families.

These are their stories.

Told as only someone from their time could recount them.

As gripping as they were 125 years ago.

“This book is dedicated to Seattle Press-Times reporter Ryerson, an eye-witness who ventured into the tragedy. Through his words people throughtout the Northwest and beyond felt the terror and loss Roslyn, Ronald and Cle Elum experienced in 1892 … he immediately boarded a Northern Pacific train, crossed Snoqualmie Pass to Cle Elum, and from there traveled to the scene of the tragedy at Mine No. 1 in Roslyn.”

Author Paul Fridlund, in collaboration with Lynda Solter and Connie Wanachek, has compiled a multi-dimensional picture of how that monumental event forever changed the lives of so many in the Upper County. “There is nothing I can write that can match the documentary record left by this remarkable man,” said Fridlund of Ryerson, “in less than two days. He recorded the tragedy, and this journalist captured the scene and is quoted often and heavily in this book. In a sense, we walk in Ryerson’s footsteps and see through his eyes what he experienced more than 125 years ago in Roslyn.”

(See full NKC Tribune review)

Proceeds benefit the Roslyn Ronald Cle Elum Heritage Club (RRHC) thanks to the generosity of the author.

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  • Heritage Distilling Company
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