Miners at Extension
As with the mine at Wellington, the Dunsmuir mine at Extension was the scene of major mining disasters and labour strife. In 1901, 16 men died in a mine fire. In 1909, 25 were killed when an explosion ripped the mine. Although wages and working conditions had improved somewhat, labour problems were common. A "fight to the death against the Dunsmuir interests" was declared in 1903.