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So why is Dawson, New Mexico, relevant today? Because Dawson still has an important tale to tell, one perhaps unmatched in breadth and scope by any other mining town in America. The themes of mining life that surfaced in the shadows of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in the early 1900s are as pertinent today as they were when Dawsonites faced not one but two of the greatest calamities in the West’s young history. Despair. Faith. Courage. Fortitude. Resilience. And a love of community unbroken to this very day. 

Dawson has a fascinating, continuing story, as the Dawson community remains alive and well today, coming together every other Labor Day weekend for a picnic reunion on the old townsite, three-quarters of a century after the town was no more.

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