Ludlow was the site of the most gruesome
anti-labor massacre in United States History,
called The Ludlow Massacre.
On April 20, 1914, coal miners had an ongoing
strike - they wanted to join the growing (and
still existing) miner's union. They'd been evicted
from houses owned by the Colorado Fuel and Iron
Company. They'd set up a tent city on public
That day, the miners and their families were
celebrating Greek Easter. With no warning, the
"Death Special", an armored car with a machine
gun, went through the tent city firing bullets.
However, most of the death toll came when the
company had Lt. Karl E. Lindenfelter order the
Baldwin Felts Detective Agency set fire to the
tent city from all sides, trapping mostly
children. 18 people were killed, 11 kids,
including one family who'd burned to death in a
pit they dug to try to escape from the fire.
Nobody was ever punished for these incidents,
except the surviving miners, who were arrested and
Text submitted by Jenn Goodland. Thank you Jenn!