Memorial to honor heroes in Montana Warehouse Explosion of 1895

  • Source: NBC Montana
  • Published: 01/19/2021 12:00 AM

One-hundred -twenty-six years ago this past week, the city of Butte was rocked by a massive explosion that killed 58 people. On January 15th 1895, the Kenyon-Connell Warehouse explosion not only ended the lives of its innocent victims; it devastated their families and broke the city's heart. For some time now, community leaders, historians and artists have been working on a project to construct a monument to honor the men who died in that explosion. Butte Historical Memorials, a non-profit, has published a book about the explosion and its aftermath called 'Out of the Ashes: The Forgotten Story of the 1895 Butte Explosion.' To begin a retelling of the story, the group's chairman Jim McCarthy and its vice-chairwoman Lindsay Mulcahy took NBC Montana to an industrial section of the city. Home to warehouses and empty fields scattered with old machinery, Lindsay told us "we are at Ground Zero of the Butte Warehouse explosion site."


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