Louisville, Colorado is a great place to live. It’s a community that has been on the list of Money Magazine’s “100 best places to live in the United States” four times: third in 2007; first in 2009 and 2011; and second in 2013. Kind of speaks for itself, but here’s more to tantalize you!
Louisville was founded around the Welch Mine in 1877, the first coal mine which was part of the Northern Coalfield. Louisville was named after Louis Nawatny. Nawatny was a local landowner who platted the area and named it after himself.
Eventually there were 30 mines operating in Louisville at various times. One of those was the Acme Mine that actually took two million tons of coal from directly beneath the center of town. Louisville’s saving grace was that the mines were owned by different mining companies which meant that Louisville never became a “company town” which is when one mining company owns the town.
Louisville also has some fun myths too. Stories of tunnels that connected saloons is one. But it was disproven. Many thought they were used during the violent labor conflicts from 1910-1914. Instead most used dirt basements to avoid bullets being fired from mine compounds into the city. The conflicts were due to a labor strike by the United Mine Workers and the Rocky Mountain Fuel Company based on working conditions, pay, and working hours.
Violence in the past
Violence erupted when miners walked out on the Hecla Mine northeast of Louisville. The owners hired the Baldwin–Felts Detective Agency to guard the mine compound. The Agency placed a machine gun and spotlight in a tower on the Hecla property. When the miners shot at the compound in frustration, detectives from the agency returned fire. Coal mining ended in Louisville in the 1950’s.
High tech companies and fun things now
Louisville has great schools, a public library and several high tech companies, including the Space Systems component of Sierra Nevada Corporation and SNC Space Systems’ Dream Chaser. There is also fun to be had downtown at the Steinbaugh Pavilion, where concerts are held during summer street fairs. In the winter it is made into an ice rink.
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