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Federal Army called in to Colorado to suppress uprising 
By Army National Guard Maj. Adam Morgan, Colorado National Guard Historian 
Ludlow 
Striking miners pose for a photo during labor unrest in or near Trinidad, Colo., circa 1914. (Photo provided by Denver Public Library Western History and Genealogy Department, Photo X-60418)

On April 28, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson committed troops to quell overwhelming statewide unrest within Colorado.

Stirred by union leaders and dissatisfied by extremely adverse working conditions, thousands of miners destroyed mine company headquarters and mine works.

After much success, the group of miners decided to stop the violence upon the arrival of federal troops.

This period of unrest, including the previous six months, was arguably one of the deadliest labor disputes in American history, miners, replacement workers, citizens and Citizen-Soldiers died as a result of the violence.

4/27/2014