Ludlow Tent Colony Site - Ludlow Monument - Ludlow Massacre Memorial - Ludlow Massacre Site (Cellar)
Las Animas County
The United Mine Workers of America built this monument in 1918 and the “death pit” shortly thereafter in order to honor the victims of the Ludlow Massacre of 1914, which occured on the site.
The massacre was carried out by Colorado National Guard troops and Colorado Fuel & Iron guards against protesting miners and their family members, resulting in the deaths of approximately two dozen people, including unarmed men, women, and children. Due to this site’s connection to such a tragic and important event in labor history, the site is now part of the Ludlow Tent Colony National Historic Landmark.
The HC-SHF grant will be used to remove the dirt from around and atop the cellar before moving in to secure and repair the structure’s support system. By restoring the support the cellar may once again be opened to the public to enter and experience. This site offers the unique opportunity to enter and intimately connect with the place that so many died over a century later while ensuring that the memory of the massacre lives on.