Wow it feels like a long time since I posted. We've been so busy. Several things happened since the last time we talked but the biggest one is that we moved! To a new house. It's huge and there is a park really close! Chloe and I are really excited (Chloe thinks the boy next door is SUPER cute) (WRENNIE! SHHHHH -Chloe) BUT we'll have to show you the new house later.
Today I want to tell you about one of our EPIC adventures this summer. We had so much fun in Colorado, but my favorite part of our whole vacation was visiting Ludlow!
Ludlow, Colorado was a mining town back in the early 1900's. It was also the site of a horrible massacre April 20th, 1914. I am going to go into some detail about this so continue at your risk!
There isn't much left. But we were eager to see the memorial and the few buildings that are left.
So we drove three hours south from Denver and then down a long, long gravel road. We were pretty sure we were lost and never going to find it when suddenly the memorial appeared!
And finally here is the memorial:
When the strike happened the miners were kicked out of their homes and moved to camps set up by their union. So Ludlow was not a city like we think of one. It was almost entirely made up of tents. This is part of why this was such a tragedy.
April 20th 1914 three members of the Colorado National Guard came to the camp and demanded that a man, they thought was being held there, be released. The Ludlow miners suspected something was going to happen and sent their leader to talk to the commander of the guard, but while he was doing that two companies of men set up a machine gun close to the camp and near the rail road tracks.
The miners tried to outflank the men but fighting broke out. It lasted all day and only ended at dusk when a train blocked the machine gun. In the end between 19 and 26 people died.
It's a lovely memorial:
You see most of the people who died in this massacre were women and children.
Above this cellar was a tent.
Someone still brings flowers.
Around the memorial were several big signs that told the whole story. Here is a map:
Here is the street sign:
The Ludlow Station is that cluster of buildings to the left in this picture:
There were lots of no trespassing signs:
It seems like we walked a long while but it slowly got closer:
The first structure we came across was just this foundation:
We could see other buildings though. A lot of them were in piles like this:
this site (the buildings with the playground are still there but we didn't walk down to them for reasons) which had pictures from 2001 and showed a lot more of them intact. We wondered if maybe the owners of the property were slowly taking the buildings down but we really hope not!
This really neat outhouse looking thing is still there though!
I look tiny!! - Callie
This one is almost falling down but it's still there too:
This was my favorite building:
It was mostly just a wall
Here is a close up of the chimney:
I really love this shot:
Chloe and Penny got the best pictures in front of it!
And so is my cousin: Awww thank you! <3 - Penny
We took the most pictures of these buildings:
But that meant that we could see into part of the building!
There were even still bars on the windows in the back: We think it was probably the jail! - Callie
We kept expecting to see faces or something when we were looking at these closeups later!
It's spooky but such a neat building!
A closeup of the windows:
And the door.
It's my favorite one! -Chloe
There was some graffiti on one side:
There was a fence and some space between the small building and the big one:
This pipe was pretty neat:
This building was so big:
We got good closeups of the windows:
The roof was way rusty:
I wonder if they meant that guy from Dallas -Chloe
Don't let our dads hear you, they will disappear for a week and watch it all again - Penny
It's sad they had to put keep out on the door:
But it made for my favorite picture of me:
And the best picture ever of my sister!
You could see a lot through the window:
I'm still expecting someone to be standing there!
Penny tried a bit of her high wire act:
And then we checked out the other side:
Another great picture through a window:
We couldn't go in but we really tried to see what was inside!
At the back were two more buildings:
They look like they're about to fall down soon!
I wonder what they were used for.
The last couple of buildings were far behind the big building:
We got a few closeups but it was hard to see them!
It was so beautiful there. The buildings were really cool and the scenery was so amazing!
And so much perfect, blue sky!
Callie and I had time for a couple more pictures:
But then Callie heard footsteps IN one of the buildings!! We were kind of done then.
This was one of my best days ever! I had so much fun taking pictures and learning all about the people who lived there. Ghost towns are pretty much my favorite!
I hope you guys liked hearing about our trip! Tell us what you think. Do you guys see any faces in the windows?