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Hanna Cemetery
Hanna, Carbon County, Wyoming

Lat: 41°51'28"N, Lon: 106°35'04"W

About 2.5 miles outside of Hanna, Wy. on the prairie, out of sight of the town, the highway, everyone.

Contributed by Gay Houchen Racina, Aug 27, 2001 [ntransusa@aol.com].  Total records = 956.

These burial records represent about 85% of the graves in the old Hanna, Wyo. cemetery. I have made two trips from Texas to Hanna to obtain the names contained herein and plan to continue to update the information. I hope that the information now available will be of some help to those searching for family members.

The records come from tombstones with the exception of the names of many of those killed in the mine explosion of 1903 at Hanna, Wy. The earliest graves there seem to be those dated 1903 and so this terrible disaster probably accounts for the founding of the cemetery. The Hanna coal mines are within sight of the cemetery. The names of those killed in the explosion came from a letter to Wyo. Gov. Fenimore Chatterton from the State Inspector of Coal Mines, A.E. Bradbury, Jun 01, 1904. It took one year to locate, recover and document those killed in the mine explosion. There are many graves so old that have wood markers and the information is faded beyond reading. There are many, many graves marked "unknown miner" and these may account for many of those killed in 1903.

There is a memorial to the miners killed in the Hanna and Carbon County mines. The cemetery should be registered as an histoic landmark. It is out of sight of the public and deep into the prairie. It is surrounded by a fence and many deer and antelope are around there. The road is a dirt road. The last 2 coal mines in Hanna closed this past year. The population is down to perhaps 800-1000 people there. There are over 20 Japanese stones with only Japanese markings on them.

Transcribed from stones with the exception of about 180 names listed from the 1903 Hanna Wy mine explosion. These are the earliest graves here so it would seem that the gravesite was established at that time. The names of those killed in the Hanna mine explosion Jun 30, 1903 were obtained from a letter to Wyo. Giv. Fenimore Chatterton from A.E. Bradbury, or Gov. Fenimore Chatterton, from the State Inspector of Coal Mines, June 1st 1904. It took fully one year to identify, locate and recover those killed with the exception of two who were not found and presumed still in the mines. There are about 150 grave markers indicating 'Unidentified Miner' and it is perhaps these men who are buried in these graves. If the dates was obtained from this letter, it is indicated that the stone was not read. Compiled and Transcribed by Gay (Houchen) Racina assisted by Ramona Weekly and Lorraine Campbell. 2001

- Gay Houchen Racia

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