The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Triumph over tragedy

Not much is left to identify the Quecreek Mine rescue site, but neither this nor the August heat prevents a stream of visitors.

Parking along a Somerset County farm road, squinting in the sun, they photograph the two sealed metal pipes marking the place where nine men were pulled safely from the flooded mine. Some scratch their names and short messages on the guardrail. All are quiet, respectful.

The rescue of the coal miners has made this Pennsylvania field a place of pilgrimage. Those gathered search the tranquil land for some testament to the intense 77-hour struggle that ended, against the odds, in triumph rather than tragedy. They're seeking a piece of the miracle.

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