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The Hero of Nacozari

 
 
The Hero of Nacozari Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, December 1, 2017
1. The Hero of Nacozari Marker
Inscription.  
El héroe de Nacozari
El 7 de noviembre de 1907 Jesús García Corona ofrendó su vida para salvar la de muchos otros, cuando al frente de un convoy en llamas, cargado de dinamita, prefirió mantenerse firme en su puesto de maquinista y alejar el tren lo más posible de la población de Nacozari. Este acto, además de salvar la vida de decenas de personas también protegió las instalaciones mineras que daban sentido a su trabajo y al ferrocarril donde prestaba sus servicios.

Los ferrocarrileros encontraron en Jesús García al hombre que sintetiza y muestra las mayores cualidades humanas de los trabajadores que han puesto su trabajo y su vida al servicio de los ferrocarriles y del país. Así lo refrendó Lázaro Cárdenas, cuando en 1935 decretó que cada 7 de noviembre se conmemore el acto heroico de Jesús García y se considere Día del Ferrocarrilero.

Es poco lo que conocemos de la vida de Jesús García Corona. Sabemos que nació en Hermosillo, Sonora, el 13 de noviembre de 1883 y que siendo empleado de la Moctezuma Copper Company se formaba como maquinista cuando ocurrió el accidente que habría de transformarlo en héroe.

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torno a este personaje se han tejido leyendas e historias y se le ha “retratado” de diversas formas. Lo cierto es que era un ferrocarrilero sencillo, que una vez que cumplía con su trabajo, hacía posible porque los demas hicieran el suyo. Es esta función y vocación de servicio de los trabajadores de los ferrocarriles las que siguen poniendo en marcha los trenes del país.

English translation:
The Hero of Nacozari
On November 7, 1907, Jesús García Corona sacrificied his life to save that of many others, when in front of a burning convoy, loaded with dynamite, he preferred stay firm in his post as the engineer and kept the train as far as possible from the population of Nacozari. This act, in addition to saving the lives of dozens of people, also protected the mining facilities that gave meaning to his work and the railroad where he provided his services.

Railroad workers found in Jesús García the man who synthesizes and shows the greatest human qualities of the workers who have put their work and their lives at the service of the railroads and the country. This was confirmed by Lázaro Cárdenas, when in 1935 he decreed that every November 7 the heroic act of Jesús García be commemorated and that it be considered Day of the Railroad Worker.

We know little about the life of Jesús García Corona. We know that
The Hero of Nacozari Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, December 1, 2017
2. The Hero of Nacozari Marker
The marker is just to the left of the steps that lead up to Engine 650.
he was born in Hermosillo, Sonora, on November 13, 1883 and that, being employed by the Moctezuma Copper Company, he trained as an engineer when the accident that would transform him into a hero took place. Many legends and stories about him have sprung up and he has been "portrayed" in different ways over the years. The truth is that he was a simple railroader, and that once he did his job, he made it possible for others to do theirs. It is this function and vocation of service of railroad workers that continues to move the country's trains.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceRailroads & Streetcars. A significant historical date for this entry is November 7, 1907.
 
Location. 19° 3.206′ N, 98° 12.242′ W. Marker is in Puebla. Marker can be reached from Calle 11 Norte just south of Avenida 14 Poniente, on the right when traveling south. The marker is on the grounds of the Mexican National Railroad Museum, just west past the first row of engines and cars after the entrance and opposite Engine 650. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Puebla 72090, Mexico. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Steam Locomotive NM-601 (a few steps from this marker); Engine 601 (a few steps from this marker); FT Diesel-Electric Locomotive (a few steps from this marker); A National Railroad Network (a few
Jesús García Corona, from the marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, December 1, 2017
3. Jesús García Corona, from the marker
steps from this marker); Railroads in the Mexican Revolution (a few steps from this marker); Nationalization of the Railroads of Mexico - 1937 (a few steps from this marker); Steam Engines (within shouting distance of this marker); The Railway Stations of Puebla (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Puebla.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 2, 2019. It was originally submitted on December 13, 2017, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana. This page has been viewed 234 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 13, 2017, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana.

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