H. W. VANATTA, a miner, described his escape from death in an explosion 6 June 1904 at the railroad station in Independence, Colorado, which killed 13 men, all but two non-union miners. The news story and his account appeared in The Citizen, Berea, Madison County, Kentucky, Thursday, 9 Jun 1904, p. 6. The newspaper had accounts of several union/non-union clashes in the area and said that miners were coming from work at 2 a.m. and waiting to board a train on the platform of the Florence and Cripple Creek Railroad to return to their homes in Cripple Creek and Victor. An explosion blew the platform "into splinters," creating a hole 20 feet wide and deep, hurling fragments of bodies several hundred feet. [The article gives a vivid description of finding body parts.] The injured were taken to a hospital in Victor.Mr. Vanatta's reactions followed the news story: "The explosion was deafening . . . I was thrown through the air about 75 feet . . . There must have been 300 pounds of powder used . . ."The "Infernal Machine" was described as powder being exploded by a pistol shot, the pistol being secured against the powder and the trigger attached to a wire which was pulled.