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Mine worker killed 
By Army National Guard Maj. Adam Morgan, Colorado National Guard Historian 
Ludlow 

In August 1913, Gerald Lippiatt was on assignment for the United Mine Workers of America to help organize a strike near Trinidad, Colo.

While there, he engaged in hostile conversation with a few agents in the Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency, an organization built to hamper the union's efforts.

On Aug. 16, 1913, after some heated words, Lippiatt was shot to death on north Commercial Street.

This event is believed to be the catalyst to the Ludlow mine strike, and the establishment of the notorious tent colony in Ludlow.

8/1/2015