|Posted by Gilbert Stack on February 7, 2018 at 5:05 AM|
On this day (February 7) in 1894, the Cripple Creek Strike began in Colorado. The strike resulted from the Panic of 1893 when the price of silver crashed and silver miners came looking for work in the gold mines giving mine owners an opportunity to reduce wages by requiring the miners to work ten hours a day for the $3 per day they used to receive for working 8 hours. The strike lasted five months. When their first attempt to bring in strikebreakers failed, the mine owners created a private army. For the first and only time in U.S. history, the governor of Colorado called out the state militia to defend the miners. Governor Waite ended up acting as negotiator for the miners and ending the strike by restoring the 8 hour day at $3 per day.