We memorialize the Irish community that once inhabited the east side of Leadville. The Irish occupied the bottom rung of Leadville’s social ladder, worked the mines and smelters, loved, struggled, dreamed, and died young. In the early 1880s, nearly 3,000 Irish-born people lived in Leadville and surrounding gulches, scratching out a bare existence, and then moving on to Denver, Cripple Creek, Butte, and the west coast. Twice they led massive strikes, walking out of the sliver mines and bringing the Colorado economy to a stop. They demanded a raise from $3 to $4/day, an 8 hr. workday, better safety codes, and the right to organize a union.