Crosses of Iron Signing and Presentation at the Tucumcari Railroad Museum

Tucumcari Railroad Museum | 100 Railroad Avenue, Tucumcari, NM 88401

Book cover for Crosses of Iron by Nick Pappas.Author Nick Pappas will present his book, Crosses of Iron: The Tragic Story of Dawson, New Mexico, and Its Twin Mining Disasters, at the Tucumcari Railroad Museum. He will be joined by Frank Turner, founder and president of the museum, who was interviewed by Pappas for this book. Pappas will be signing copies of Crosses of Iron after the presentation.

About Crosses of Iron:

In October 1913, 261 miners and two rescuers died when a massive explosion ripped through a mine operated by Phelps, Dodge & Company in Dawson, New Mexico. Ten years later, a second blast claimed the lives of another 120 miners. Today, Dawson is a deserted ghost town. All that remains is a sea of white iron crosses memorializing the nearly four hundred miners killed in the two explosions—a death toll unmatched by mine disasters in any other town in America.

Now, to mark the centennial of the second disaster, veteran journalist Nick Pappas tells the tragic story of what was once New Mexico’s largest and most modern company town and of how the strong, determined residents of the community coped with two heartbreaking catastrophes.