These pages do not begin to cover all the disasters that have
taken place in every state. There is also controversy over
what constitutes and defines a "great" disaster from any other kind.
All disasters are "great" to those directly involved in them.
these pages are a mix of "great" and "not so great" disasters.
The major disasters are all covered in the larger sites I have
linked to as resources and the rest are related items of interest.
For example, you might not find a particular major disaster on
this list, but it may be included in a site such as gendisasters.com, which is one of the resources found here.
This is an excellent place to begin your research. The
links found here lead to an ever widening amount of information.
Good luck in your efforts.
Capitan Gap Fire Disaster __
"The Capitan Gap Fire Disaster was caused when a cook stove over heated and
started casting sparks. It was actually the first of two fires that began on
Thursday, May 4th, 1950 in Lincoln National Forest, in New Mexico in the
Capitan mountain range." Learn what one important result of this fire was. -
From about.com -
Carthage, NM Mine
Explosion, Dec 1907 __ " Albuquerque, N. Mex., Dec. 31.-At least nine miners
were killed, three fatally, and two seriously injured ..." Yep, that is
really the way it reads. You will find original news articles and links to
additional resources. - From Jenni Lanham/gendisasters.com -
Dawson, New Mexico __ "On
October 22, 1913, Dawson suffered its first major disaster. Stag Canyon Mine
No. 2 was shaken by an explosion that was felt two miles away in the town
proper. Relief teams rushed in from surrounding communities, but of the 286
men who arrived to work in the Stag Canyon mine that morning, only 23
survived." an encyclopedic article. - From wikipedia -
FEMA: New Mexico State Disaster History __ New Mexico Disaster History.
Major Disaster Declarations. Click on the 'disaster #' on the right side of
the list to access detailed information including images and more. -
illustrated - From FEMA -
Hobbs, NM Explosion, Jun
1938 __ "Seven men, including a prominent New Mexico financier, were killed
and fire seriously injured today in the premature explosion of a
nitroglycerin time bomb with which a drilling crew was preparing to “shoot”
an oil well near here." You will find original news articles and links to
related material. - From Jenni Lanham/gendisasters.com -
La Mesa Fire __ "The La
Mesa Fire was a destructive wildfire which burned 15,444 acres (62.5 km˛) of
Bandelier National Monument and part of Los Alamos National Laboratory in
New Mexico, USA. " An encyclopedic article with links to related materials.
- From wikipedia -
New Mexico Disasters
Floods, Fires, Tornadoes, Mine Explosions and ... __ New Mexico Disasters.
Events that touched our ancestor's lives: New Mexico floods, fires,
tornadoes, hurricanes, storms, mining accidents, explosions, ..." Many click
to read articles and resources. - illustrated - From gendisasters.com -
Quay, NM Airplane Crash, Aug 1938 __ "The crushed bodies of five persons,
including a 3-year-old child, were found in the wreckage of the
Transcontinental & Western Air's night mail and passenger tri-motor
transport at Quay post office, 20 miles south of Tucumcari, N. M., at 10:30
o'clock this morning." You will find original news reports and links to
related material. - From Stu Beitler/gendisasters.com -
TWA Flight 260 __ "TWA
Flight 260 crashed into the Sandia Mountains in 1955. The plane was a small
regional prop plane, a Martin 4-0-4, and the cause was instrument failure.
The remote crash site is now a tourist attraction to see the wreckage from a
tram route." an encyclopedic article with links to related material. -
illustrated - From wikipedia -