ROAD TRIP WORTHY: Colorado’s Ludlow Massacre Site Preserves Historical Tragedy
Colorado's Ludlow Massacre Site is preserving a tragic moment in American History.
The Ludlow Massacre took place on April 20, 1914 in Ludlow, Colorado located about 125 miles from Colorado Springs.
After about 8,000 mine workers formed a union and went on strike to protest what they believe to be unfit living and working conditions. At some point, a group of militia members fired into the camp and a battle ensued, and a group of National Guardsman burned the camp to the ground.
As fighting extended to the mines, some 50 people were killed, including 11 children and 2 women. A monument to those killed was built at the site, and Ludlow today is a ghost town. There is not much left of Ludlow, but you can see from these photos there are remnants of what was.
Folk singer Woodie Guthrie actually wrote a song about the incident entitled "Ludlow Massacre."
To visit this historical site, take I-25 to exit 27. It's located north of Trinidad in south-central Colorado about 125 miles south of Colorado Springs.