DAWSON GHOST TOWN

A 38 off of US Hwy 64

17 Miles NE of Cimarron, NM

Status: Ghost Town; Open to the Public 

It is unclear whether there is still access to the old coal mines or not. Should you find any access please do not enter as you may become lost, succumb to unseen hazards or end your life in a thousand different ways in such a hostile environment. Remember we are here to investigate ghosts not to become one.

 

From Wikipedia:

Dawson can be reached by taking Route 64 approximately 12 miles east of Cimarron and then heading north onto A38 at the striped sign and proceeding on that road for another 5 miles. After A38 crosses the adjacent railroad tracks a second time, turn onto the dirt road on the right (which proceeds east of A38 for approximately 1000 feet) to reach the site of the Dawson cemetery. The ruins of Dawson can be seen by continuing north on A38, which turns into Barus Road and then splits into Lauretta Road and Rail Canyon Road.

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History

Dawson coal mining was founded in 1901 when a rancher sold his land to a fuel company. At this time coal was a major fuel source and for heating and powering the trains as well as for the generation of electricity.

By 1905 the town’s population had reached 2,000. At its maximum population it was reach 9,000 souls and would boast a hospital, a swimming pool, a department store and even a movie theater. It made the owners of the mines very rich and provided a living for the thousands or workers and their families in the company town.

On October 22, 1913 the mines suffered there first major disaster. A stick of dynamite was set off in Stag Canyon Mine #2 while the mine was in full operation – a major safety violation. The explosion – which could be clearly felt 2 miles in the town - ignited the coal dust and led to the deaths of 273 men with only 13 survivors. Two rescuers were also killed during the rescue operation. It is still the second worst coal mining disaster in US history.

On February 8, 1923 a mining car derailed in Stag Canyon Mine #1 resulting in sparks which again ignited the coal dust. This time 123 men died – tragically many of them the sons of the men who died in 1913.

As horrible as these two disasters where they were not the reason the town was abandoned. Rather it was economics that shut down the mines and then the town in 1950. There just wasn’t enough demand for coal anymore and the contract with the railroad was coming to its end.

The entire town was razed to the ground with some assets sold off. Only the old Coke – processed coal used in metal manufacture – burners were left. These were demolished in the early 2000’s when the giant smokestacks became a liability to the owner.

Only cemetery remains now with iron crosses marking the graves of the many miners who perished pulling the coal out of the mountain.

 

Paranormal Activity

Apparitions of dirty men in dated coal mining clothes and equipment still wander the town. Many are said to be angry due to the mines remaining open after the terrible disasters or perhaps because of their lives being cut so short to satisfy the greed of other men.

At night the ghostly lights of the helmet lanterns can be seen moving in the cemetery.

On the anniversary of both disasters people have reported feeling the explosions rumbling in the ground.

Occasionally, an entire shift change of ghosts have been seen leaving and entering the mines.

Other Activity: shadow figures; cold spots; unexplained mists; touches by unseen presences; unexplained mists; electrical disturbances; light anomalies; powerful feelings of not being wanted; empathic sensations of sadness, loss and anger and feelings of not being alone, being watched and being followed.