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"A" Mill Explosion

Diagram of a Dust Collector
Title: Diagram of a Dust Collector
Type: Diagram
Date: 1876
Source: Minnesota Historical Society

Description: The dust collector in this diagram was designed and patented to prevent the dangerous build-up of flour dust two years before the Washburn "A" Mill explosion. These collectors gained wider use in the United States after the explosion in Minneapolis.
Article Describing Dust Explosions
Title: Article Describing Dust Explosions
Type: Newspaper
Date: 1878
Source: Minnesota Historical Society

Description: Many people had theories about the cause of the Washburn "A" Mill explosion. The writer of this magazine article is demonstrating experiments that he had done to prove that flour dust was the cause of the explosion.
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Article Describing Causes of Explosion
Title: Article Describing Causes of Explosion
Type: Newspaper
Date: 1878
Source: North Western Miller

Description: Many writers debated the cause of the mill explosion in the newspapers. This writer is attempting to prove that many of the theories about the explosion are false.
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Drawing of the Explosion Aftermath
Title: Drawing of the Explosion Aftermath
Type: Art
Date: June 1878
Source: American Miller

Description: The American Miller magazine published the drawing "Scene of the Minneapolis Disaster" one month after the event.
Map of the Mill Area
Title: Map of the Mill Area
Type: Map
Date: 1878
Source: North Western Miller

Description: The explosion at the Washburn "A" damaged much more of the milling district in St. Anthony than might be expected. This map shows the surrounding area and the other buildings damaged in the event.
Photograph of the Victims
Title: Photograph of the Victims
Type: Photograph
Date: 1920
Source: The Eventually News

Description: The Washburn "A" Mill explosion did not just claim the lives of workers in one mill. Included in these photographs are the pictures of four men who died in neighboring mills.