Lead: Late in the evening of June 8, 1917, a fire began in a Butte Montana mine. Scores died, there was union unrest. It was the worst rock mining disaster in United States history.

Intro: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: The mine called Granite Mountain Mine in Butte, was known as the “richest mountain in the world.” Butte was the leading copper producer in the U.S., and 15,000 miners were working in shifts around the clock to meet the demand for copper during WWI.

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