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Monument Dedicated To 73 Killed In 1913 Michigan Tragedy

Italian Hall Disaster Memorial
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A village in Michigan's Upper Peninsula has dedicated a granite memorial with the names of 73 people who died in a stampede during a 1913 Christmas Eve party for striking miners.

The tragedy occurred 105 years ago in Calumet, then known as Red Jacket. More than 600 men women and children had gathered at the Italian Hall for an event meant to cheer the striking miners.

Someone reportedly shouted "Fire!" and hundreds of partygoers rushed down a steep stairway. Out of the 73 people trampled to death or suffocated, 59 were children. The youngest was 2. There was no fire.

Dozens of people attended the dedication Monday. Memorial committee member Mike Lahti says it was the most tragic event to ever happen around the community along Lake Superior.

"1913 Massacre" by Woody Guthrie

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