The Killdozer – Haven’t Many Of Us Been This Fed Up Government.

When we were on the train from Denver to Moab, Utah last week (September 2021), our guide was telling the story of this happening, as we passed by Granby, Colorado.

I remembered it happening, very well.

The person that had this on Facebook.

Today is a special day. June 4th 2018 marks the 14th anniversary of the Killdozer’s rampage through Granby Colorado.

Sit down kids and let me tell you a tale, about a reasonable man driven to do unreasonable things.

Marvin Heemeyer was a man who owned a muffler shop in Granby Colorado. The city council ordained to approve the construction of a concrete factory in the lot across from Marvin’s shop. In the process this blocked the only access road to the muffler shop. Marvin petitioned to stop the construction to no avail. Petitioned to construct a new access road, and even bought the heavy machinery to do so himself. Denied.

The concrete factory went up in disregard to the ramifications on Marvin’s business. To add insult to injury, the factory construction disconnected the muffler shop from the city sewage lines. An indifferent city government then chose to fine Marvin for this.

His business and livelihood were in ruin. Rather than lie down and die, Marvin chose to fight back. Over the course of a year and a half Marvin secretly outfitted the bulldozer he bought to save his business with three foot thick steel and concrete armor, camera systems guarded with bulletproof glass.

On June 4th 2004 Marvin Heemeyer lowered the armored shell over top of himself, entombing himself inside the Killdozer to make his last stand.

He burst fourth from the walls of his muffler shop and straight into the concrete factory that ruined his business. Over the course of the next several hours Marvin drove his Killdozer through 13 buildings owned by those officials that had wronged him, including the city council building itself.

Swat teams swarmed the dozer, but it proved immune to small arms fire and even explosives. Another piece of heavy machinery was even brought out to fight the Killdozer, but it too fell to the dozers righteous fury.

In the end, Marvin’s Killdozer became trapped in one of the buildings it was built to destroy. Marvin chose to take his life, the only life he took that day.

Today we celebrate Killdozer day and Marvin Heemeyer, the last great American folk hero. A man driven to the brink who chose to fight back against an indifferent system.

From notes left behind after his passing:
“I was always willing to be reasonable until I had to be unreasonable. Sometimes reasonable men must do unreasonable things.”

When injustice becomes the law, resistance becomes duty

The KillDozer

12 thoughts on “The Killdozer – Haven’t Many Of Us Been This Fed Up Government.

    1. Mostly because I have seen government out of control, more lately than ever before.
      I didn’t like that it cost a man his life, but it really seems like that City Council had already sucked the life out of him.

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  1. You rightly discern that the local city council permitted this, and blame lies with them, but wasn’t it private capital that constructed and owned the concrete factory? Why is it not seen that the culprit was the cement mill? Did you want government to regulate things in restraint of private business?

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    1. My understand is the city allowed this newly developed business to cut his long held access and wastewater easement to his business and wouldn’t even entertain a solution to allow him to keep operating.
      I have read about it but I understand there is a documentary out now that may better explain the facts of the case.

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      1. I agree, it was the city that messed up by not regulating the cement factory. More regulation would have been the solution there, and would have saved a man’s life.

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      2. Thanks, that’s all interesting. Regardless of the version, it was tragic. BTW: Snopes doesn’t do it for me when it comes to anything political. So much less than credible.

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