One hundred years ago today, on October 22, 1913, a massive coal mine explosion occurred in Dawson, New Mexico at the Stag Canyon Fuel Company’s Mine No. 2. Today’s “Tombstone Tuesday” pays tribute to some of the immigrant miners who perished on that horrific day. This story was a bit heart-wrenching after going through the immigration records and wondering had these men known what was ahead would they have come to America after all.
In looking for the grave records for that fateful day (what little there are), I found name after name listing October 22, 1913 as the date of death. Above that would be a notation regarding birth as “Unknown”. Most were buried with only a Miners Cross and no grave stone. A memorial has been erected in the cemetery listing the names of the dead. The list of immigrants killed included those from Greece, Italy, Russia, Hungary, Austria, Slavic nations, Ireland, Mexico and Bohemia.
NOTE: This article is being re-purposed and enhanced, complete with footnotes and sources, and will be featured in the March 2018 issue of Digging History Magazine. Purchase your copy at the magazine store (Monthly Issues) or purchase a subscription.