With the gold mine standing still, Colorado Governor James Peabody sent the state militia into town On This Day in 1903. The mine owners, determined to break the union, had turned to the governor for state militia protection for the replacement workers being brought in.
The strike, over the next few months, turned violent. By mid-summer the following year (1904), the strike was over and the union never regained the same control.
On This Day is a prompt to further explore historical events.
© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2015