Bull Moose Special

The Bull Moose Special is the name given to the armored train that Quinn Morton, a Kanawha County coal operator and a group of Baldwin-Felts Detectives drove through a tent colony of striking miners and their families during the Paint Creek-Cabin Creek Strike. While driving through, Morton, the detectives, and the deputies opened fire on the colony with machine guns and high powered rifles, killing one miner and injuring several others. The incident was one in a series of events that led to a declaration of martial law in the strike zone. The same machine guns that were used in this incident were then transferred over to Colorado, where they were once again used to fire upon city colonies.

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“We had a full-fledged war down here.”

Audio is one of the best resources a historian or reenactor can use to get some insight into the minds of the people involved with episodes in the past. The following audio files come from Mary Fufford’s interviews with miners that fought at Blair Mountain.

Joe Aliff talks about the events that happened at Blair Mountain.

Dewey Gunnoe talks about coal company violence against union organizers in the 1920s.

“If they never have a Union, I’ll never go back inside of a coal mine.”