Ludlow in Las Animas County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Most miners lived in company-owned towns like Berwind.
The miners often lived in company-owned towns near the mines where they worked.
Because of their isolated location, miners were forced to buy provisions at company stores, live in company houses and send their children to company schools. Armed guards often patrolled the gated entrances to company towns.
Company towns were found throughout the coal producing areas of southern Colorado.
These towns were located up Berwind and Del Agua Canyons to the west of the Ludlow tent colony. When miners elected to strike against Colorado Fuel and Iron (CF&I), they were evicted from their homes. Many of the inhabitants of the Ludlow tent colony came from these company-owned towns.
Despite changes made by the company after the strike, families continued to struggle in the company towns.
After the strike, workers returned to their homes in company towns. While the company instituted some improvements, a typical paycheck was not sufficient for supporting a family. Archaeological evidence from the post-strike era
Middle Left: Residents at Berwind grew vegetables for canning
Upper Right: Overview of Berwind, ca. 1920
Lower Right: Berwind school, October 1915
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 month for this entry is October 1915.
Location. 37° 20.352′ 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. Celebration & Sorrow (here, next to this marker); The Story (here, next to this marker); Tent Life (here, next to this marker); United Mine Workers of America (here, next to this marker); The Ludlow Massacre (here, next to this marker); Testimonies & MemoriesRediscovering Ludlow (here, next to this marker); History Revealed (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ludlow.
Also see . . .
1. Company town. Wikipedia (Submitted on March 15, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
2. Colorado Fuel and Iron. 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 142 times since then and 48 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 15, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.