SMITH CREEK MINE STUDY

  • Oil on Muslin Panel
  • 8 x 16 in
  • Charlie Hunter

The Smith Mine, located between Bearcreek and Washoe, on the road to Red Lodge, was the site of the worst coal mining disaster in Montana history, when 74 miners died in a catastrophic fire and explosion in 1943. Today, the empty buildings sit mute amidst the sere landscape, a haunting tableau fading into time. This image was based on a spectacular photo I saw on Flickr, by "Laurence," who was kind enough to give me permission to work off of it as reference.

 
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