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3 part badge with the top pin bar reading; "Colorado City / Cripple Creek / Telluride - Trinidad / 1903-1904", with red, white, and blue ribbon and lower medal featuring a bust of the Governor , "James H. Peabody Governor of Colorado/ 1903 - 1904. The reverse shows a miner with pick at left, eagle above column, Colorado state seal below, armed militia man to right, mine shaft with railroad car in background and the words, "Law and Order". Medal measures 4" x 2" and is housed in its original box. This Medal - badge was awarded to militia who, serving under Brigadier General Sherman Bell, were involved in quelling the violence and maintaining peace and order when the Western Federation of Miners called for a strike. The ensuing strike of miners in Cripple Creek involved 3500 miners from 50 mines. On September 4, 1903, Governor Peabody ordered the Militia to Cripple Creek. On June 6, 1904 an explosion at the Findley Mine railroad station killed 13 non-union miners. The owners blamed the union precipitating lynching, censorship, and destruction of the local newspaper. Mobs stormed the union hall and militia arrested union men and sympathizers. By June 10th, over 200 men were forcibly deported from the Cripple Creek District. Soon the mines started up again with non-union miners and the militia left July 26. excellent condition.

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Estimate $500 - $700Sep 29, 2018
3860 Ben Hur Ave.
Unit 8
Willoughby, OH 44094
United States
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