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|Drew Justice started work on his Eagle Project at Leach Cemetery on Labor Day. Drew recruited other scouts from Troop 120 and adult volunteers to start cleaning the tombstones and monuments. Eighty-nine of the 184 miners who died in the Fraterville Mine Disaster of 1902 are buried at the Miners' Circle in Leach Cemetery.||
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|Many of the tombstones were difficult to read due to weathering.|
|The results were obvious.|
Justin Rhea (on right) gained some valuable experience. Justin is scheduled to begin his Eagle Scout project at Longfield Cemetery later this fall. Thirty-five of the miners who died at Fraterville are buried in Longfield Cemetery.
|The scouts discovered that many of the tombstones say "Gone but not forgotten". The scouts from Troup 120 intend to validate this claim.||
Drew kneels next to a sample of the day's work. The next work day is scheduled for October. Drew will also prepare a guide map of the Miners' Circle showing the location of each tombstone. Drew will gather research on the miners and include this information on his guide. Several of the miners left farewell messages which will be reproduced on Drew's guide map.
Later, at Miners' Appreciation Day in Lake City, Eric McCoy won the prize as the oldest living miner (age 94). Mr. McCoy's son, Bobby, is the custodian at Briceville Elementary School and a CCWF volunteer. Mr. McCoy looks good in his CCWF ball cap. He is a perfect example of the urgent need to record the history of Coal Creek by Scouts like Drew Justice and Justin Rhea.
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