Starkville, CO

PO Starkville CO

Opened in 1879, the Starkville, Colorado, post office was burnt to the ground, along with a neighboring YMCA and a supply store, in 1927. The arsonists were said to be coal miners, members of the IWW, striking for better conditions. In 1910, the Starkville mine was the scene of a coal dust explosion that left 59 miners entombed more than a mile underground. In the 1920s, miners across Colorado sought to unionize; mine owners made every effort to sabotage the effort, and violent acts were committed on both sides of the conflict.