Sunday, 20 April 2014

Ludlow Massacre

100 years ago at this day...

The Colorado National Guard attacks a tent colony of 1,200 striking coal miners in Ludlow, Colorado in the United States, killing 24 people.

Ruins after Ludlow Massacre

This casus is known as Ludlow Massacre. It is a part of Colorado Coalfield War.


Over 400 strikers were arrested, 332 of whom were indicted for murder. Only one man, John R. Lawson, leader of the strike, was convicted of murder, but freed on appeal to the Colorado Supreme Court in June, 1917. Twenty-two National Guardsmen were court martialed, but all were acquitted.

The Ludlow Monument, a granite memorial, was erected in 1918.

Ludlow Monument

Now Ludlow is a ghost town in Las Animas County.

See also: Lena Massacre.