An April 8, 1894 letter about the local impacts of the fall in silver prices and a miners’ strike at Cripple Creek, Colorado.
The letter was handwritten by H.R. Pendery (1850-1928), county attorney for Lake County, to Harman Bell of Kansas City, a lawyer elected to the Missouri state legislature in 1880. “Our camp has been in a paralyzed condition,” Pendery wrote to Bell, who was apparently placing pressure on Pendery’s father, Judge John Pendery, to repay a loan. “I know every possible effort is being made, and while a whole lot of time has elapsed, it has simply been impossible to have prevented it.”
The Cripple Creek miners' strike of 1894 was a five-month strike by the Western Federation of Miners. It resulted in a victory for the union and is notable for being the only time in United States history when a state militia was called out in support of striking workers.
The letter is written on Pendery’s legal letterhead with a Leadville address and is accompanied by an undated stereo view of Chestnut Street in Leadville. Item #73831