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One of the most significant events in the struggle for labor laws in America played out in Las Animas County in the Spring of 1914. With the control of much of Colorado’s coal mines in the hands of just a few companies, miners grew increasingly intolerant of low wages and dangerous working conditions. Over the next few months, tensions escalated as the striking miners ransacked several mines.
Corporate records, films, photographs, maps and drawings from the CF&I; collection are housed in the historic main office building of the Colorado Fuel and Iron Corporation. This collection offers a wealth of information relating to labor history, history of industry, mining, land and water resources, railroads, and corporate history, including many of the materials featured in this episode.
History Colorado aspires to engage people in our State's heritage through collecting, preserving, and discovering the past in order to educate and provide perspectives for the future. The new El Pueblo History Museum serves as the gateway to the Historic Arkansas Riverwalk Historic District and as an educational gathering place focused on Pueblo's diverse history and vibrant present.
Many of the photographs and images appearing in Colorado Experience were provided by the Denver Public Library's Western History/Genealogy Department. Their renowned online collection contains a selection of photographs, maps, broadsides, architectural drawings and other documents that chronicle the people, places, and events that shaped the settlement and growth of the Western United States.
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