Labor Day is a day off here at Gilman Park, like all public holidays. But Washington’s labor history and the International Workers of the World, the “Wobblies”, deserve at least a brief mention. They probably deserve much more, but, like most folks, I have barbeques to go to, beers to drink. The Wobblies were particularly active in Washington between 1908 and World War 1, and remembered for two famous incidents: the Everett Massacre and the tragedy in Centralia.
The above mural, painted in 1999, is located on the former Elks Lodge building in Centralia, and commemorates the 1919 Centralia incident. If you live in Washington and don’t know what I’m talking about, you should be ashamed and consider taking a moment to read this short overview. Happy Labor Day!