This week in history August 14, 1920: Denver strike turns violent, Shock Hill produces ore |

This week in history August 14, 1920: Denver strike turns violent, Shock Hill produces ore

Compiled by the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance
This image, from the August 14, 1920 edition of The Summit County Journal was used to illustrate a story about climbing Mount Moran, which was in an area that included in a proposed expansion of Yellowstone National Park at the time. The mountain was eventually incorporated into Grand Teton National Park when it was formed in 1929.
Image from Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection

This week in history as reported by The Summit County Journal the week of August 14, 1920.


Amid the streetcar workers strike, on Aug. 7 three persons were killed, one is dying and 11 others are in the hospital wounded as a result of a riot at the East Denver car barns when strikebreakers fired into a crowd of men, women and children assembled across the street.

The second night’s rioting brought the total casualties from two nights of rioting to two dead and 45 wounded.

The night before two were killed, one was probably fatally injured and 32 were seriously hurt in tramway riots; Denver Post plant virtually wrecked by mob of 500 strike sympathizers. The rioters held virtually complete control of the city until midnight, when worn out by their exertions, they gradually dispersed to their homes. 23 men had been arrested by the police in connection with the riots up to 3 a.m. .

Before the rioters had been dispersed from the Denver Post building the mob had vented its rage by going through the plant, destroying furniture and fixtures in the editorial and business offices, wrecking the machinery in the composing room and endeavoring to damage the presses.

Denver was placed under military control at 1:30 a.m. on Aug. 7 with the arrival of 250 federal soldiers from Fort Logan. The soldiers came into the city and took charge of the situation.


Shock Hill is determined to lead in mining excitement in the Breckenridge district this year and is no doubt the scene of the greatest activity in the district at this time. Last week, the leasers of the Missouri property, who were sinking a shaft at the top of the hill, encountered the contact they were seeking and cut a two foot streak of high-grade carbonate ore. The outlook is exceedingly favorable and a shipment will soon be ready for the smelter.


  • Congressman Edward T. Taylor, for the Fourth district of Colorado and A. E. Wilkins of Jackson County were visitors in Breckenridge Wednesday evening. Mr. Taylor called on his many friends while here and tried to find wherein he would be of any benefit to his constituents in this part of his district.
  • Dode Potter was injured Tuesday by a rock falling and striking him on the head. It required several stitches to close the wound, but he resumed his work on Wednesday.
  • The picnic given by the Leadville Moose at Frisco last Sunday proved to be a magnetic attraction for folks in the Blue River area and a large number attended. All reported a fine time.


  • One of the severest hail and rainstorms, experienced in the vicinity of Niwot, damaged the crops to the extent of $50,000.
  • His lungs pierced by the points of a pitchfork in the hands of William Vandiver, age 60, formerly of Denver, Timothy Terpin, age 45, of Portland, Oregon lies at the point of death in the hospital in Haxton.
  • Two men held up and robbed the State Bank of Peyton and obtained more than $16,500 in currency and bonds and made their escape after locking Albert L. Pieper, assistant cashier, and J.C. Walters, a customer in the bank at the time, in the vault.

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