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  • 10 Mar 2020
  • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Calvary Church Hampden & Monaco

Riggs Smith will speak on:

The Ludlow Massacre and The Colorado Coal War


In the early 1900s, coal was “king”.


Coal was a main contributor to the 2nd industrial revolution. Coal fueled our homes.  Coal was in demand to make steel and railroads.  The US needed coal!!


West of the Mississippi River , Colorado was the biggest coal producing state in the US.  And in Colorado, coal mines were our largest employers.  Most of them were in little coal communities in southern Colorado near Trinidad.  One was in Ludlow .


Most of these mines were privately owned by wealthy owners including John D Rockefeller.  Mineworkers had little to say about the working conditions. 


The United Mine Workers of America attempted to influence conditions but were generally ignored.


In 1914, the miners in the little town of Ludlow went on strike.  The results were--- The Ludlow Massacre and The Colorado Coal War.

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