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Date: 11/07/17 01:59
110 years ago today: Jesus Garcia Corona saved Nacozari, Mexico
Author: DNRY122

The term "hero" is applied to many deserving people (and a few not-so-deserving). Here's the story of a many whose quick action saved a town, even though he perished. Let us pause in our activities to remember him. (from Wikipedia)

Jesús García Corona (13 November 1881 – 7 November 1907) was a Mexican railroad brakeman who died while preventing a train loaded with dynamite from exploding near Nacozari, Sonora, in 1907. As el héroe de Nacozari he is revered as a national hero and many streets, plazas, and schools across Mexico are named for him.

García was born in Hermosillo, Sonora. At the age of 17 got a job with Moctezuma Copper Company, but due to his age, he was made a waterboy. He was promoted to switchman, then to brakeman.

Jesús García was the railroad brakeman for the train that covered the line between Nacozari, Sonora, and Douglas, Arizona. On 7 November 1907 the train was stopped in the town and, as he was resting, he saw that some hay on the roof of a car containing dynamite had caught fire. The cause of the fire was that the locomotive's firebox was failing and sparks were going out from the smokestack. The wind blew them and got into the dynamite cars. García drove the train in reverse downhill at full-steam six kilometers out of the town before the dynamite exploded, killing him and sparing the population of the mining town.

In his honor a statue was raised and the name of the town of Nacozari was changed to Nacozari de García. He was declared Hero of Humanity by the American Red Cross, many streets in Mexico carry his name, and the Estadio Héroe de Nacozari sports stadium in Hermosillo is also named after him. García's sacrifice is remembered in the corrido (ballad) "Máquina 501", sung by Pancho "el Charro" Avitia, and Mexican railroad workers commemorate 7 November every year as the Día del Ferrocarrilero (Railroader's Day).



Date: 11/07/17 07:02
Re: 110 years ago today: Jesus Garcia Corona saved Nacozari, Mex
Author: rrpreservation

A great story and a true hero!!



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 11/07/17 07:14 by rrpreservation.



Date: 11/07/17 09:24
Re: 110 years ago today: Jesus Garcia Corona saved Nacozari, Mex
Author: utwazoo

I'll pop a Corona to his memory



Date: 11/07/17 11:29
Re: 110 years ago today: Jesus Garcia Corona saved Nacozari, Mex
Author: atsf121

Thanks for posting the story.

Nathan



Date: 11/07/17 12:30
Re: 110 years ago today: Jesus Garcia Corona saved Nacozari, Mex
Author: Lackawanna484

Saved a lot of lives.

Hermosillo still sees a lot of rail action, doesn't it?

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Date: 11/07/17 13:55
Re: 110 years ago today: Jesus Garcia Corona saved Nacozari, Mex
Author: mundo

Hermosillo is not on the Nacozari line, but on the west coast route main line south from Nogales. Yes it sees traffic, including new automobiles built in Hermosillo.

The Nacozari line is closed into town, due to storm damage years ago and no traffic need to rebuild it. It was a tough line, about a 4% grade into Nacozari. Other portions remain open for mining.

It was a fun line to ride and I operated three special trains into Nacozari.



Date: 11/07/17 14:05
Re: 110 years ago today: Jesus Garcia Corona saved Nacozari, Mex
Author: rrpreservation

Anyone familiar with the history of the line?



Date: 11/07/17 17:40
Re: 110 years ago today: Jesus Garcia Corona saved Nacozari, Mex
Author: mococomike

It used to run into the US and supply ore to the smelter in Doughlas, AZ. Now connects via Naco to the line to Nogales.



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