Thanks to the Optic for recognizing the 100th anniversary of one of the largest mining explosions in the history of the U.S.
Dawson was very diverse and progressive for a mining community. Every race you could think of lived and worked in this community of around 8,000 to 10,000 citizens. Every amenity that any large city had available was present in Dawson.
Their high school mascot was the Miners, and their newspaper was the “Miners Pick.” My mother, Mary S. Ludi, was born in the Dawson hospital. Her adopted father (Dominic Santucci) was the blacksmith for the mines. Her biological father, Urbino Capone was a miner. He fortunately survived both explosions.
These people were what have made this country so great. Once the mines closed, many of the citizens left to create new lives. Some went on to Rock Springs, Wyo., to work the mines and others went into business in areas around the country. Even in Las Vegas, NM.
Many Las Vegans remember Coach Nick Di Dominico from I.C. and R.H.S. He was also born in Dawson. You could not ask for a better person or coach. He played baseball and basketball for Dawson High School. Besides his expertise in basketball and baseball he also coached football at I.C.
In the ‘40s and ‘50s Dawson produced several state championship teams. At that time there were no divisions, so often a smaller school played larger schools for titles.
Dawson will never be forgotten as reunions are held in Los Angeles and Chicago routinely. Raton has a reunion every other year at the site of Dawson. The next one will be held around September of 2014.
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