sadly even as a 4th gen resident of this state i'd never heard of it, not once while in public school. ludlow was a tipping point in this nation's history which should be taught to all children in public schools across the country yet we don't even teach our own? you should NOT have to attend college, get a post grad degree so you can be cognisant of this state's most important historical events even if they are dark chapters we'd prefer to forget. most aren't aware too that even up until the late 60's it was common in ft collins and other front range communities to see signs in store front windows which read, "no dogs or mexicans allowed." be it ludlow, sand creek, racism and the kkk, even the illicit trade in alcohol during prohibition days so much that most children in this state will never know because our public schools have dropped the ball deliberately.
so kudos to westword for doing what our schools have failed to do, educate and inform. those who fail to learn from past wrongs, mistakes are doomed to repeat them. let alone the fact that you need to know your history so you understand for example WHY we have such things as unions? a final note, not all forgotten history is bad. for example the first attempt to cross the divide by a circus via steam train did not turn out so well. they got caught in a surprise snow storm and were stuck in our high country. so everyone on the train helped remove as much snow as possible then they got the elephants out, tethered them to the front of the locomotive and they were able to pull the train out of the drift it had gotten stuck in. elephants saved the day! essentially you just don't know how much you don't know until you do.
partial solution? if public schools aren't going to teach our history then make michner's "centennial" required reading as part of our public schools' curriculum.