Organized at the turn of the century in northeast New Mexico, Dawson grew into one of the Southwest's major coal producers. It was once a bustling town of more than 6,000 people. Run by the Phelps Dodge Corporation, Dawson also became a place that was different than any other company town.
Coal Town tells the story of the ordinary people of Dawson, it follows the town's rough-and-tumble beginnings through its glory years just before World War I. It tracks the community's struggles during the Depression, and, finally, its demise in 1950.