Rotating Exhibit: CF&I at Play

Rotating Exhibits are open during normal museum hours Tuesday-Saturday from 10:00am-4:00 pm. Admission is $6 per adult; $4 per child age 4-12.

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.

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