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Walsenburg Mining Museum

112 W. 5th, Walsenburg,CO 81089

 

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Seasonal Hours

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday – Friday

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Saturday

May – September

 

Inside the Historic Jail behind The Courthouse!

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Mary Harris Jones “Mother Jones” labor leader during the deadly 1913-1914 coal Strike.

Follow the battles between the coal miners and mine operators in the two-story stone jail built in 1896 and now housing mining displays. Fifty four men, women and children were killed in 10 days during labor disputes.Learn the Walsenburg story of Bob Ford, killer of outlaw Jesse James, and Mary “Mother” Jones, labor leader, and “the most dangerous woman in America”.Open jail cells to see the artifacts of the coal mining era. Outside, the bronze statue stands atop a memorial inscribed with local miners’ names.

 

 

For group tours, special programs and much much, more historical information about Spanish Peaks Country please go to the web site of the

Huerfano County Historical Society

  http://huerfanohistory.org/mining-museum.html

Photo of the old Huerfano County Jail.

Photo by O. T Davis taken in 1893. The sign on the wall dates its construction in 1873. Photo is part of Denver Public Library’s Digital Collection.

This would not have been a good place to spend time. The information with the photo explains that the actual “cell” was in this building accessed via a trap door in the floor which had a ladder to the “cell.” The ladder was removed when the prisoner had been “deposited.” The trap door was then locked and the outer door was locked. There were no windows.

 

Click on the image for a larger view. Old Co Jail Walsenburg