Dawson New Mexico Association

528 N. First Street
Raton, NM 87740
Joe Bacca: baccaj2000@msn.com
Vivien Andrews: viv2quilt@gmail.com
John Bizyak : bizyak@msn.com

Click here to view a panorama photo of Dawson (circa late 1940's)

The 2014 Dawson Reunion Will Be Held on Saturday and Sunday, August 30 and 31, 2014! Click here to read about the reunion in the Dawson Association Newsletter and the The Miner's Pick. Mark your calendars now.

Dawson Remembered in Ceremony at Raton, NM:
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. On October 20, 2013, 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. Click here to see the presentation and photos.

I received an email from Manlio Badiali who lives in Modena, Italy. He asked that I share the names of 15 Dawson miners from his village of Modena who lost their lives in the 1913 Dawson mine explosion. This loss of life was a terrible tragedy for the families and loved ones of these miners who left their homes to work in the Dawson mines. Click here to see the names and ages of those brave men.

Also click here to see coverage by KRQE Albuqureque, NM television coverage of the event.

New Documentary about Dawson

An experienced documentary film director and producer are in the process of creating a public documentary of Dawson, New Mexico titled, "Canaries in a Coal Mine". The documentary will be directed by Fulvio Ottaviano and produced by Claudio Ruben. The story will be told through the point of view of its immigrant communities. Please visit their web site here and learn more about this amazing documentary by viewing a brief preview.

The 2012 Dawson Reunion and Picnic held on
September 2, 2012 at the old Dawson, NM townsite was a huge success

We had 167 folks who attended the Saturday Night Social at the Elks Club and 615 who attended the Dawson Reunion picnic on Sunday. Everyone enjoyed seeing old friends and meeting new ones. Many stories and memories were shared. For those who would like to have a copy of the most recent Dawson Association's newsletter, it can be read and downloaded by clicking here for the Miner's Pick Newsletter 2012. You can also read two Raton Range Newspaper articles about the 2012 Dawson Reunion by clicking on the following: Raton Range article one and article two.

This year, Joe Bacca and his daughter were able to scan over 400 old Dawson photographs taken over the years and place them on a CD. The photo CD is available for a $10 purchase by contacting Joe at his e-mail which is baccaj2000@msn.com . The proceeds from the sales of the CD will be used to offset expenses incurred in sponsoring the Dawson Reunion every two years. We were also pleased to hear that over 200 folks visted the Raton Museum and toured the Dawson exhibits.

Click here if you would like to view some of the 2012 Dawson Reunion photos.

2012 Dawson Association Raffle Winners

1. Dawson Miners Hat and T-Shirt Donated by Carolyn Redolfi won by Janice Lucero
2. Framed Letter D for Dawson High School Donated by John Gabrielle Won by Eva Crossen
3. Dawson Hospital Jewelry Box Donated by Vivian Andrews won by Ed Zavala
4. Picture of the Cemetery Donated by Margaret Maschio won by Janice Pascetti
5. World War II Dawsonites Picture Donated by Joe and Sue Bacca won by the Garner Family
6. Barbwire Cross Donated by Mike Vialpondo Won by J. Anzak
7. Raton History Book Donated by Bobbie Bacca won by Mary P.
8. Miner's Hard Hat Donated by the Gonzales Family in Memory of Pete Gonzales Won by Beatrice Holifield
9. Picture of Dawson 100 Year Ago Donated by Donna Bradford won by Kay Bacca
10. Upon a Crazy Horse Signed by the Author Frank Allan Rogers Book Donated by Frank Allan Rogers won Tim Andazola
11. Twice upon a Time Signed by the Author Frank Allan Rogers Book Donated by Frank Allan Rogers won by Addie Bacca
12. Tin Picture of Dawson Teacher age Donated by Siobhan Sweeney Won by Teresa Niner
13. Tin Picture of Dawson Coke Oven Donated by Mike & Marty Sweeney Won by Eva Crossen
14. DHS Band Uniform Patch Donated by James Hanson (Dawson Band Teacher) won by Janice Lucero

We received an e-mail from Marty Tschetter from Greenville, NC stating that he recently came across an old 1924 Dawson, NM photograph at the Raton Museum. What makes this photograph so interesting is that it shows a Dawson coal miner writing the final score of the 1924 Baseball World Series on the side of a coal car that is going to be sent down into the Dawson coal mines to let the workers know the final score. You can see these two photos by clicking here. Marty has also sent copies of these photographs to the National Baseball Museum in Cooperstown, NY on behalf of the Raton Museum. A special thanks to Marty and to Roger Sanchez, Curator of the Raton Museum, for allowing Marty to scan these old photos and sending them to the National Baseball Museum.

There has been a special request made by Brian Beker, a documentary film producer, for anyone who might have information on early 1920 Dawson resident and aviation pioneer by the name of Jules "J. J." VanDersarl. The Raton Range newspaper published a short article on Mr. Beker's request on October 4, 2010. You can read this article by clicking here.

If you have any questions about future Dawson reunions, you may contact any member of the Dawson Reunion committee who is listed below:

Joe & Sue Bacca, e-mail: baccaj2000@msn.com or tele: (575) 445-1213
John Bizyak, e-mail: bizyak@msn.com, tele: (928) 757-9333
Bob & Vivien Andrews, e-mail: viv2quilt@gmail.com or tele: (575) 376-2955
Edward & Betty Zavala, e-mail: speedyzavala@yahoo.com or tele: (575) 445-8544
Margret (Bacca) Maschio, tele: (575) 445-3335
Emagene Saracino
Mrs. Charles G. Buttram (Lorraine), tele: (575) 445-8709
Chris Palomino, tele: (702) 575-0056
Chuck Speed, e-mail: speedo@chuckspeed.com or tele: (806) 359-9177
Michael & Marty & Siobhan (Daughter) Sweeney, tele: (505) 454-1765 or (505) 454-9096
Leonard Baca