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Virden Mine War Tour

Tour of a dramatic moment in labor history, in the small town of Virden Illinois, on old Illinois Route 66. Off the beaten track, but close to I-55, take a tour of where coal barons and miners engaged in a war over workers rights. Written by Rosemary Feurer, with assistance from Mark Raupp. Graphic art work by Sophia Varcados, Kate Klimut. Funded by a grant from Illinois Humanities and the Government of Ireland as well as individual donations. If you'd like to see more of this, let us know. Copyright Rosemary Feurer and Mother Jones Heritage Project.

  • 1.

    Intro & map

    Intro & map

    Park your car and start at the town square and the memorial.

  • 2.

    Stop 7: O'Neil House

    Stop 7: O'Neil House

    The O'Neil Boarding House was the scene of mourning and tending the dead.

  • 3.

    Stop 4: The Miners line the Tracks

    Stop 4: The Miners line the Tracks

    Image of the stockade an hour before the battle erupted

  • 4.

    Stop 3: The battle begins

    Stop 3: The battle begins

    The first shots fired, and the battle is on.

  • 5.

    Stop 9: Public Square

    Stop 9: Public Square

    Militia occupation; back to the memorial; settlement and legacies.

  • 6.

    Stop 8 - Shootout at the Company Store

    Stop 8 - Shootout at the Company Store

    Shootout at the Company Store.

  • 7.

    Stop 6: The Pasture

    Stop 6: The Pasture

    The miners battlefield

  • 8.

    Stop 5: The Stockade

    Stop 5: The Stockade

    The site of the bloody exchange

  • 9.

    Stop 2: The C&A Depot

    Stop 2: The C&A Depot

    The depot was a flashpoint of the confrontation.

  • 10.

    Stop 1: Virden Memorial

    Stop 1: Virden Memorial

    Memorial of the battle, town square--where we introduce the story.

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