• LOCATION 15 | Oral History Tour of Madrid, NM: The Town Too High To Die

    Oscar Huber Memorial Ballpark finish

    Oscar Huber was really just doubling down on the ambitions of his predecessor, George Kaseman, to make Madrid a model mining town. Cemented as all-powerful benevolent dictators, their motivations for distributing “bread and circus” entertainment, while exerting totalitarian control, were multi-faceted, and remain open to interpretation. The stakes were high for everybody, but especially for the miners themselves, whose families had few options to leave once they got here, and were thus vulnerable to exploitation.

    As you listen, you can meander back toward the park entrance where we started.

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    That was Josie you heard at the end, talking about the 1932 Jones Mine Explosion, which robbed fifteen families of their fathers. That mine burrowed into the hill just above the ballpark, north of the first base line. Before Josie was Eirik, Waz, Kay, Joanna and Mary Huber, and Henry.

    Go back out the ballpark the way you came in, and turn right at the highway. Please exercise caution as you retrace your steps along the guardrail, do not stop but continue walking until you’ve made it all the way to safety.

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Oral History Tour of Madrid, NM: The Town Too High To Die