by Marty Mayfield
100 years ago the mining community of Dawson, New Mexico was rocked to its very foundations by an explosion in the Stag Canon #2 Mine that killed 263 miners.
Of those 133 were Italians with greek miners making up the next largest group of victims. 23 miners survived that horrible day while two rescuers died while trying to save others.
Sunday morning Irene Buongiorno representing Giuseppe Perrone, the Italian Consul General of Los Angeles presented Joe Bacca from the Dawson New Mexico Association with a metal plaque commemorating the 100th anniversary of that deadly event. The plaque will be installed at a ceremony at the Dawson Cemetery during the biannual Dawson reunion picnic held on Labor Day weekend.
Richard Sims, New Mexico Historic Sites Director was on hand to read a proclamation from New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez proclaiming October 22, 2013 as Dawson Remembrance Day.
According to Claudio Ruben a documentary about Dawson is in the works and should be completed in about a year. The group is interested in talking to families from Dawson.