American Disasters - Great Utah Disasters

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Great American Disasters State by State

Alabama  - Alaska  - Arizona  - Arkansas  - California  - Colorado  - Connecticut  - Delaware  - Florida  - Georgia  - Hawaii  - Idaho  - Illinois  - Indiana  - Iowa  - Kansas  - Kentucky  - Louisiana  - Maine  - Maryland  - Massachusetts  - Michigan  - Minnesota  - Mississippi  - Missouri  - Montana  - Nebraska  - Nevada  - New Hampshire  - New Jersey  - New Mexico  - New York  - North Carolina  - North Dakota  - Ohio  - Oklahoma  - Oregon  - Pennsylvania  - Rhode Island  - South Carolina  - South Dakota  - Tennessee  - Texas  - Utah  - Vermont  - Virginia  - Washington - West Virginia  - Wisconsin  - Wyoming 


These pages do not begin to cover all the disasters that have taken place in every state.  There is also controversy over what constitutes and defines a "great" disaster from any other kind.  All disasters are "great" to those directly involved in them.

So these pages are a mix of "great" and "not so great" disasters.  The major disasters are all covered in the larger sites I have linked to as resources and the rest are related items of interest.

For example, you might not find a particular major disaster on this list, but it may be included in a site such as, which is one of the resources found here.

This is an excellent place to begin your research.  The links found here lead to an ever widening amount of information.  Good luck in your efforts.

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2003 Holiday Snowstorm, Salt Lake City, UT Department of Meteorology __ "2003 Holiday Snowstorm, Salt Lake City, UT. Photo by Jim Steenburgh." A single photo but indicative of the storm's intensity. - illustrated - From - 

2003 Utah snowstorm __ "The 2003 Utah snowstorm was a major snowstorm that affected the state of Utah from December 25-December 31, 2003. Many areas of Utah were paralyzed by up to four feet of snow." An encyclopedic article. - From wikipedia -

Bingham, UT Snowslide, Feb 1926 __ You will find an article about the slide in which 58 died along with links to additional resources. - From -

Castle Gate Mine disaster __ "The Castle Gate mine disaster occurred on March 8, 1924, in a coal mine near the town of Castle Gate, Utah (now dismantled), located approximately 90 miles (145 km) southeast of Salt Lake City. All of the 171 men working in the mine were killed..." An encyclopedic article. - From wikipedia -

Castle Gate Mine Disaster __ "On 8 March 1924, in the second major mine disaster of the twentieth century in the Utah coal fields, 172 men lost their lives, including one worker who inadvertently inhaled deadly carbon monoxide during the rescue efforts." An overview. - From -


Crandall Canyon Mine __ "The mine made headline news when six miners were trapped by a collapse in August 2007. Ten days later, three rescue workers were killed by a subsequent collapse." An encyclopedic article. - From wikipedia -

Did Milford Flat Fire Stir Up Nuclear Fallout? __ " Radioactive fallout watchdogs fear the fire stirred up radiation in the soil from atmospheric nuclear tests in Nevada in the '50s and '60s. ... Graphs from the Milford radiation monitor show something certainly caused the levels to spike during the fire." News article. - From KSL Television & Radio, Salt Lake City UT -

Historic Disasters: Utah Disasters __ You will find a list of Utah disasters. Each list entry is a live link to additional information. - From -

Milford Flat Fire __ "The Milford Flat Fire was the largest wildfire in Utah history. It was started by lightning on Friday, July 6, 2007 at 3:45 pm near Milford, Utah. The fire burned 363,052 acres (567 square miles) and caused large stretches of I-15 to be temporarily closed. Many veteran firefighters had stated this was the fastest moving fire they had ever seen." an encyclopedic article. - From wikipedia -


Neola North Fire __ "The Neola North Fire was a major wildfire which occurred in the Ashley National Forest in northeastern Utah. It was blamed for three fatalities" An encyclopedic article. - illustrated - From wikipedia -

Park City, UT Mine Explosion, July 1902 __ "Thirty-Five Men Lose Their Lives in the Daly-West and Ontario Mines --- Accident Caused by Explosion of Gas." An overview plus links to additional resources. - From Associated Press/ - 

Scofield, Utah __ "The Winter Quarters Mine disaster was one of the worst mining accidents in American history and took place near the town of Scofield, Utah." An encyclopedic article. - From wikipedia -

Spring Canyon, UT Rains Mine Explosion, Sept 1924 __ " Explosion Traps Five; 200 Usually Work in Mine But Were Out Between Shifts During Blowup" - From Associated Press/ -

Three people killed in eastern Utah fire; towns evacuated __ A news article about the Neola North Fire. Text and slide show available. - illustrated - From - 

United Airlines Flight 227 __ "United Airlines Flight 227 ( N7030U), a scheduled passenger flight from LaGuardia Airport(LGA), New York City to San Francisco International Airport (SFO), San Francisco, California, crashed short of the runway while attempting a scheduled landing at Salt Lake City Municipal Airport, Salt Lake City, Utah on November 11, 1965." An encyclopedic article. - From wikipedia -

United Airlines Flight 608 __ "United Airlines Flight 608 a DC-6 (NC37510) was on a flight from Los Angeles to Chicago when it crashed at 12:29 pm on October 24, 1947 about 1.5 miles SE of Bryce Canyon Airport, killing all 5 crew members and 47 passengers on board." an encyclopedic article. - From wikipedia -


Utah Disasters Floods, Fires, Tornadoes, Mine Explosions and more __ Utah Disasters. Events that touched our ancestor's lives: Utah floods, fires, tornadoes, hurricanes, storms, mining accidents, explosions and more. Many click to read articles and resources. - illustrated - From -

Winter Quarters Coal Mine Disaster __ "On May 1, 1900, 200 coal miners were killed in what is called the 5th largest mine disaster in United State's history." An Overview. - From -

Winter Quarters Mine disaster  __ "On May 1, 1900, at least 200 men died from the Winter Quarters Mine explosion that occurred in the Number 4 mine shaft. Some rescuers placed the death toll at 246." An encyclopedic article. - From wikipedia -

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