Decades after the
“It leaves an empty spot in your heart,” said Viola Brown.
On that day, WBOY was there with our camera rolling as the world watched and waited.
Brown’s mother was also there, holding out hope that her son, 40-year-old mine section boss, Dale Davis, would make it out alive.
Ultimately, Dale Davis and 77 other men perished.
“When we found out the mines exploded it was devastating to our family,” said Brown.
Now, as the 50th anniversary of the
“You miss them and wish it hadn’t happened,” said Brown.
During the month of November, several events will take place commemorating the 50th anniversary of the
An exhibition of images taken by Bob Campione of the disaster will be on display at the Frank and
Also, on Tuesday, November 13, Reverend Richard Bowyer will be presenting “The Farmington Mine Disaster 50 Years Later.” Bowyer will discuss what he saw in the town of Farmington during and after the explosion.