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Price dedicates memorial to miners killed in county’s coal mines

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Mike Gorrell – The Salt Lake Tribune

Sitting in a wheelchair, Rose Robertson ran her wrinkled index finger across the bronze lettering of one of nearly 1,400 names on a memorial unveiled Monday to miners killed in Carbon County mines since 1890.

This one was her boy.

His name was Bret. He was just 38 years old on Nov. 14, 1996, when a violent “bounce” in the Tower Resources mine killed him. Bret left behind a wife and two boys — and a mother who still grieves.

“No matter how much time passes, you still know the pain,” she said, sharing an emotion prevalent in a large crowd that gathered at the Price Peace Gardens for the Labor Day dedication of a monument whose creation was a labor of love for many in Utah’s coal country.

Sitting in a wheelchair, Rose Robertson ran her wrinkled index finger across the bronze lettering of one of nearly 1,400 names on a memorial unveiled Monday to miners killed in Carbon County mines since 1890.

This one was her boy.

His name was Bret. He was just 38 years old on Nov. 14, 1996, when a violent “bounce” in the Tower Resources mine killed him. Bret left behind a wife and two boys — and a mother who still grieves.

“No matter how much time passes, you still know the pain,” she said, sharing an emotion prevalent in a large crowd that gathered at the Price Peace Gardens for the Labor Day dedication of a monument whose creation was a labor of love for many in Utah’s coal country. (…)

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