“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Superior in Sweetwater County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)


The Union Hall

Unions Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, September 9, 2015
1. Unions Marker
Inscription.  Unions were established in the Wyoming coal fields for several reasons. In part, they developed due to the dangers found underground in coal mines, the lack of fair wages and the fact that coal companies often controlled a man's life from cradle to gave. Labor unions and coal mines became almost synonymous.
In 1903, the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) began organizing miners into what would become the most powerful union in the state of Wyoming. By the spring of 1907, the UMWA had organized coal miners along the "Southern Wyoming Coal Field". Naturally, Union Pacific Coal Company objected to the UMWA, as it weakened their control over their mining operations. Like mine managers throughout the United States, UP saw little to gain and much to lose if the mines became unionized.
The year 1907 witnessed one of the largest labor strikes in Wyoming history. Pro-Union speeches delivered in different languages were enthusiastically received in Sweetwater County. By the end of 1907, Union Pacific Coal Company recognized the UMWA, and South Superior, whose livelihood depended on coal mining was now "Union" town.
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of the Union were the establishment of an 8 hour day (from 10 hours previously) and wage increase from $3.03 a day to $3.40 a day. By 1934, the 7 hour day had been realized, with wages of $5.42 per day.

The Union Hall

The Union Hall in which you are now standing was built not only to house union offices, but to serve as a community center. On the second floor of the building was a large stage and dance floor. Here people would gather for plays, concerts and dances. The second floor served several functions and was one of the largest meeting halls in the Superior area.
The Union Hall was constructed ca. 1921, the architect and builder are unknown. In South Superior six UMWA locals contributed to the construction fund for this substantial hall. Neither a rectangle nor a square, the building is a trapezoid, unique in Wyoming as a structure of this type.
Erected by The People of the Town of South Superior, The Wyoming Department of Environment, Tern Engineering, Western Wyoming Community College, Noel Griffith & Associates, Sweetwater County Commissioners, Linda Tallifero, Larry Calier and Fred Radosovich.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Labor UnionsMan-Made Features.
Location. 41° 45.739′ 
Unions Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, September 9, 2015
2. Unions Marker
The marker is mid-distant in the shadows next to the railing.
N, 108° 58.089′ W. Marker is in Superior, Wyoming, in Sweetwater County. Marker is on Main Street (Route 371) near Berta Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 109 Main Street, Superior WY 82945, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Opening the Mines (here, next to this marker); Prospecting (here, next to this marker); Town Development (here, next to this marker); Working in the Mines (a few steps from this marker); Immigrants (a few steps from this marker); Superior (a few steps from this marker); Point of Rocks (approx. 10.8 miles away); An Unsolved Mystery (approx. 10.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Superior.
More about this marker. This marker is located at the Miners Union Hall.
UMWA Union Hall image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, September 9, 2015
3. UMWA Union Hall
Credits. This page was last revised on September 4, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 14, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 518 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 14, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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Jul. 24, 2024