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Local History Documentary:

Barnes-Hecker: Memories of a Misfortune
The Story of Marquette County's 1926 Mine Disaster

Barnes-Hecker DVDFifty-one men went to work one cold November day, never to return home. In 1926, Michigan’s worst iron ore mining disaster occurred in western Marquette County. The men were working in the Barnes-Hecker Mine when it caved in. They were fathers, brothers and sons. Now hear their stories through their descendants. You’ll also hear stories of the widows who went on to raise their families and an account of how one man managed to make it out alive.

Based on the book "No Tears in Heaven" by Thomas G. Friggens, director of the Michigan Iron Ore Industry Museum in Negaunee, Michigan.

Includes the 35-minute documentary, as seen on Public TV 13, plus additional interviews. Recorded in stereo. © 2001 WNMU-TV

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