Colorado Ludlow Massacre site to be historic landmark | VailDaily.com

Colorado Ludlow Massacre site to be historic landmark

LUDLOW, Colorado – A southern Colorado site where 19 striking coal miners and family members were killed in 1914 is being dedicated as a National Historic Landmark.

Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter will join United Mine Workers of America International President Cecil Roberts and other union officials for the dedication ceremony on Sunday at the Ludlow Massacre Memorial Monument.

The miners and their families were suffocated on April 20, 1914, when the Colorado National Guard and private security guards attacked a tent city where they were staying. They suffocated when the tent they were hiding under was set afire.

Among the dead were two women and 11 children.

The site is 180 miles south of Denver.