Ludlow in Las Animas County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Even though conditions were harsh, colonists forged friendships and a sense of community.
Approximately 1200 people lived in 200 tents made of canvas and wood.
Based on excavations, tents averaged 10 x 14 feet in size and were reinforced with interior wooden panels and wooden floors. This provided a buffer from the weather. Cellars offered additional living and storage space and protection from occasional gunfire.
Despite the tragedy, survivors remembered their time in the colony fondly.
The camaraderie and sense of community gave them strength to deal with everyday trials and tribulations.
With no electricity or running water, the camp offered few comforts.
Colonists hauled water from a well near the railroad tracks, outhouses lined the outskirts of the colony and people used chamber pots inside their tents. A small store, medical tent and jungle gym were among the few amenities available. A large tent and platform in the center of the colony served as a location for meetings and community events.
Lower Left: UMWA coal miners pose with supplies either purchased at the store or provided by local farmers
Center: Miners doing gymnastics on an exercise bar at the Ludlow Tent Colony
Upper Right: Ludlow colonists posing outside their tent homes
Erected by UMWA Local 9856 Women's Auxiliary.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Labor Unions. A significant historical year for this entry is 1200.
Location. 37° 20.351′ N, 104° 35.029′ 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); Company Towns (here, next to this marker); Testimonies & Memories (here, next to this marker); Celebration & Sorrow (here, next to this marker); Rediscovering Ludlow (here, next to this marker); History Revealed (here, next to this marker); The Story (here, next to this marker); Legacy (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ludlow.
Also see . . . Ludlow Massacre. Wikipedia (Submitted on March 15, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
Credits. This page was last revised on March 15, 2022. It was originally submitted on March 15, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 78 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 15, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.