New Mexico Remembers Dawson Mining Disaster of Oct. 22, 1913


Dawson, NM to Trinidad, COThe mining disaster that took place 100 years ago this week in Dawson, New Mexico claimed the lives of 263 miners, mostly immigrants. It is the second-deadliest coal mining disaster in United States history.

Dawson is now a ghost town, but the memories of that day are still  alive.

Watch this video:

Today in Raton, NM Museum there is and event to honor the miners.

At 10am this morning, Sunday Oct. 20th there is a special Church service at the St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Albuquerque. Chapter 501 of the American Hellenic Education and Progressive Association will host a fellowship afterward featuring a program about Dawson and it’s history.

At 3pm today in Santa Fe, the Rev. Father Dimitrios Papadimitripoulos of St. Elias the Prophet Greek Orthodox Church will conduct a memorial service at the Dawson Cemetery honoring the miners who died at the Dawson coal mines.

The Ghost Town of Dawson is located 12 miles northeast of Cimarron in Colfax County and about 5 miles northwest of state highway 64.

For more history on Dawson visit:

Both the Albuquerque Journal and Santa Fe NewMexican have great features about Dawson in their papers today.


  1. My grandpa was from Dawson. I grew up knowing all about Dawson history, and attended a few Dawson Picnics when I was little. It holds a very special place in my heart.

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