Short film ‘Like Rats In A Trap’ to tell story of catastrophic Stanley County gold mine flood of 1904
Posted on 18 Dec 2013 by Justin Ruckman
CHARLOTTE DAILY OBSERVER – AUGUST 13, 1904
MEN DIED LIKE RATS IN TRAP
“All the facts attainable in the frightful catastrophe yesterday… at the Barringer mine were given out this afternoon… there was a waterspout… eight men… had been at work but a short time when the water rushed into the place at an estimated rate of 100,000,000 gallons in five minutes.”
In the moments before the tragic flood, miners trudged deep into the Earth, working to clean the mine before its reopening. The new owners believed that the Carolina Gold Rush, America’s very first gold rush, could be reignited once the mine was back in working order. However, the flood permanently shut down the Barringer Gold Mine and signaled the end of all gold mining operations in North Carolina. For those who did not survive the tragedy, these last moments of life not only provide a glimpse into the collapse of the Carolina Gold Rush but also the turbulent state of human affairs in the American south.