Ludlow in Las Animas County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Testimonies & Memories
Voices from the Budow Massacre survive.
The following statements are from people who were involved with the tragedy. They come from official records and oral histories.
"They used to scrub by hand, go fetch the water a mile [or] two, [at] 3:00 in the morning. We used to make salami out of the jackrabbit meat, believe it or not."
Josephine Bazanelle, wife of a striking miner
"I believe that a prime consideration in the carrying on of an industry should be the well-being of the men and women engaged in it, and the soundest industrial policy which has constantly in mind the welfare of the employees as well as the making of profits, and which, when the necessity arises, subordinate pofits to welfare."
John D. Rockefeller, majority stockholder in Colorado Fuel & Iron
"For more than 10 years [Rockefeller] has been a director of CF&I Co, vested with what is virtually the power of life and death over 12,000 men and their families."
John Lawson, UMWA organizer during 1913-14 strike
"...we had everything there, Greeks, Italians, Slavs and all, the League of Nations was there, you might say... they all stuck together. And they
Alex Bisulco, teenage son of stiking miner
"It was terrible weather at that time. But we determined to stick together there because we had put up with such a lot and believed we would rather suffer anything than go back to work under the conditions that they had been working."
Mary Thomas, striker and official greeter of Ludlow tent colony
"We had 21 different nationalities in the Ludlow tent colony."
Pearl Jolly, striker at the Ludlow tent colony
"I found a friendliness among women of all nationalities - 22 at least. I saw the true melting pot at Ludlow."
Senator Helen Ring Robinson, Colorado State Senator 1913-1916
"[From Aguilar] We walked out where we could see down towards Ludlow... And we could see the glare, the fire, they went up in no time. Them flames sweep those tents like confetti... Well, we went down the next day and there was nothing but smoke and ruins and old coal stoves, bed springs, bedsteads and wash tubs... Looked like a graveyard."
Alex Bisulco, teenage son of striking miner
"From my first experience in the Ludlow colony the gunmen would come there and would try in every way to provoke trouble."
Pearl Jolly, striker who administered aid to the strikers at the Ludlow tent colony
Erected by UMWA Local 9856 Women's Auxiliary.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Labor Unions. A significant historical year for this entry is 1914.
Location. 37° 20.349′ N, 104° 35.03′ W. Marker is in Ludlow, Colorado, in Las Animas County. Marker is at the intersection of County Highway 44 and County Highway 61.5, on the right when traveling west on County Highway 44. The marker is located at the Ludlow Memorial in front of the monument. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Trinidad CO 81082, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. United Mine Workers of America (here, next to this marker); Rediscovering Ludlow (here, next to this marker); History Revealed (here, next to this marker); Tent Life (here, next to this marker); Legacy (here, next to this marker); Company Towns (here, next to this marker); Celebration & Sorrow (here, next to this marker); The Story (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ludlow.
Also see . . . Ludlow Massacre.
The Ludlow Massacre was a mass killing perpetrated by anti-striker militia during the Colorado Coalfield War. Soldiers from the Colorado National Guard and private guards employed(Submitted on March 14, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
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