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August 12, 1863: Volcano

August 12, 2013


St. George Hotel, Volcano; by Tom Hilton, on Flickr

We had a hot, dusty ride through several mining towns [to Volcano]. Why the place is called Volcano I do not know. Bayard Taylor, in his travels, speaks of several craters near, but no one else has ever seen them—they probably exist only in the poet’s imagination.

There was a terrible accident here [this] afternoon. The premature explosion of a blast horribly burned two workmen; one died this morning, the other will perhaps follow. The poor fellows were brought into town [tonight] and are horrible objects to look at.

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