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A Mining Tragedy. 100 years ago (October 22, 2013)



A Mining Tragedy. 100 years ago (October 22, 2013)

On October 22nd a hundred years ago a tremendous explosion in the Stag Canyon number two mine in Dawson, New Mexico, jolted the entire town and blocked the mouth of the mine shaft.
Among the 261 miners who perished in the explosion there were 146 Italian immigrants who had settled in the State New Mexico where many of their descendents still live. This tragedy remains the second gravest mining disasters in the United States.

To remember this catastrophe the Consulate General of Italy through the Consular representatives in New Mexico Rosalba Maniaci and Lino Pertusini has promoted a ceremony that took place at the Raton Museum, during which a commemorative plaque was donated by the consular representatives to the chairman of the Dawson Committee, the descendents of the victims’ association, Joe Baca. The plaque will be placed permanently at the Dawson cemetery as an enduring testament of the Italian people’s acknowledgment of the victims’ sacrifice.

Dawson Ceremony