Centralia Mine Disaster

In 2005, Bill Niepoetter, 77, of Centralia, Ill., holds a St. Louis Post-Dispatch special section from April 30, 1947, detailing the aftermath of an explosion that killed 111 miners in this southern Illinois city on March 25, 1947. Niepoetter's father and three other relatives died in the blast. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

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