WHEN: Thursday, March 14, 2019
WHERE: Steelworks small exhibit room
215 Canal St., Pueblo, CO 81004
TIME: Open from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
COST: FREE/ Refreshments will be served
RSVP: Victoria Miller, 719-564-9086, ext.108
As part of the Colorado Fuel and Iron (CF&I)’s Employee Representation Plan in 1915, it formed a partnership with the Y.M.C.A. and offered a variety of recreational activities to employees and their families. Built at a cost of $500,000 and financed largely by CF&I’s chief shareholder John D. Rockefeller, Jr., the YMCA opened its Minnequa branch in March of 1920 just a few blocks west of the steelworks.
The four story building included dormitories for single men, a modern cafeteria, eight-lane bowling alley, barber shop, gymnasium, library, classrooms and auditorium for lectures and theatrical performances. In later years, a screen was added and moving pictures were shown in the auditorium. Social dances were also offered on a regular basis. The YMCA entertained CF&I employees and their families for the next four decades.