This is mounted on the outside of the Museum, carved into the Jacobsville sandstone when placed in 1898.
This alarm was sounded on Christmas eve 1913 when the Italian Hall tragedy which claimed 73 lives after someone yelled "FIRE" and a rush to the exits started that resulted in 73 persons dying by suffocation or being crushed in a stairway leading from the second floor to the first floor when the exit door did not open. It was a false alarm, there was no fire. The victims were mostly children attending a Christmas eve party put on by striking miners.
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