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7 Souvenirs of August

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Mining I- Ludlow Massacre

A cache by KTClimbs
Hidden : 7/21/2003
In Colorado, United States
1 out of 5
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Several cachers have emailed to let me know the memorials apparently have moved around at the display, but not very far and they have still had the answers - I havent had a chance to get over there, but will go by this July!

On April 20, 1914 20 innocent men, women and children were killed during what would become known as the Ludlow Massacre. The coal miners in Colorado and other western states had been trying to join the UMWA (United Mine Workers) for many years. They were bitterly opposed by the coal operators, led by the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company. At that time, miners and their families lived in "company towns" - towns that were set up, managed and controlled by the company. The company owned the homes, the stores, managed the schools, even chose and paid for the church ministers.

On Sept 23, 1913, nine thousand workers went on strike protesting $1.68-a-day wages and the lack of freedom of choice in the company towns. Upon striking, the miners and their families had been evicted from their company-owned houses and set up tent colonies on public property. The companies brought in strikebreakers and supplied Colorado militiamen to break the strike. Over the course of the next months, the camps were shot at, trying to scare the workers back to work. Foxholes were dug under the tents so the women and children could escape the raids. On April 20th, the camps were attacked. 20 people were killed that day, including two women and 11 children who burned to death. Later investigations revealed that kerosene had intentionally been poured on the tents to set them ablaze.

To claim this cache, please email me the answers to these questions:1. Who is the woman marching on behalf of the mine workers?2. On the stone memorial is a listing of all those who died - who was the youngest of the dead at age 3 mos?3. What was the death pit?

Previously the statues were vandalized. I dont have words to express the disappointment that brings. The statues of the man and woman have been replaced thankfully!

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