2014 Mining History Association Tour


Historic Coal and Coking Camps - Starkville,
Cokedale, Boncarbo, Berwind Canyon,
Hastings, and Ludlow
Tour Leaders: Steve Hart and Shannon Osterhout
June 15, 2014

 

 

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The site of the Hastings coal camp is located a few miles west of Ludlow in Del Agua Canyon.  The monument at Hastings honors the 121 miners killed in a 1917 mine explosion at the Victor American Fuel Co. No. 2 Mine.


The only substantial ruins at Hastings are of the large battery of beehive coke ovens.

The MHAers were able to explore the ruins and appreciate the difference in design of these ovens from the ASARCO ovens seen at Cokedale.

Over the years, much of the interior firebrick in these coke ovens has been removed and reused

How may tons of coal or coke were handled by this shovel?

The Ludlow Massacre took place on April 20, 1914, following a long strike that began on September 23, 1913.  This poignant memorial to those who perished was erected by the United Mineworkers of America (UMWA) union.


This underground chamber at the Ludlow Memorial commemorates how many of the women and children perished while sheltering in tent basements when the miners’ tent colony was shelled and burned by the militia.

The MHAers relax by an old mine car at the end of tour of historic coal and coke camps in the Southern Colorado Coal Field.  This was the last event of the 2014 Annual Mining History Association Conference.

 

Photo Credits: Henry Djerlev, Johnny and Dawn Johnsson, Mike and Pat Kaas, Bob Spude, John Stewart

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