This Day in History

July 11, 1892: Coeur d’Alene Idaho Miners Strike

Time Periods: Industrial Revolution: 1877 - 1899
Themes: Labor, Organizing, Racism & Racial Identity

On July 11, 1892, union miners in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho used dynamite to explode the barracks housing agents from the Pinkerton National Detective Agency who had infiltrated the union and were providing union information to the mine owners.

Learn about the story from the powerful young adult historical fiction novel Fire in the Hole! by Mary Cronk Farrell. Readers learn just how desperate the conditions were for mining families, how the company unfairly detained citizens for very long periods of time (a miners’ Guantanamo), and how African American troops were sent by the federal government to restore order.

Coeur d'Alene Mining District Idaho

Coeur d’Alene Mining District Idaho. Federal troop encampment in Wallace, Idaho in 1892.