Greetings Steelworks supporter,
First, by way of introductions . . . I am the Bin Man!
In homage, I represent all the hard working men and women who, at one time or another, spent their years at Colorado Fuel and Iron (CF&I). I currently reside along with artifacts from CF&I at the new Steelworks Park located in front of the Steelworks Museum west of I-25 across from the historic Pueblo steel mill. Let me tell you, after years of planning, it is great to be out of that wooden crate where the staff stored me until the Park could be completed. One such employee, Development Coordinator, Courtney Woodka, is helping me fill you in on all the exciting things that Steelworks Center of the West has accomplished in 2017.
You see, after many decades of pouring steel, it’s hard for me to type … where shall I begin? Ah, I know! I’ll begin with the museum and our educational programs. Curator, Victoria Miller tells me that during my time in the crate, many visitors came to watch the progress of the Park, and those visitors had an opportunity to learn about the history of the steel that built the west and the Pueblo mill. The museum also had children attend our yearly science camps and STEM activities. Now that the Park is complete, I can’t wait to see all those kids running around me when they come for field trips.
Archives Manager, Chris Schreck advised me that in 2017, the archives building saw researchers looking up information about my friends, past CF&I workers. I forgot that our archives go all the way back to 1872! You might have a great-great-great-relative that worked here! The archives also received a donation from the Pueblo County Assessor’s office of over 10,000 blueprints from across Pueblo County. Those prints are of hospitals, schools, government buildings, fast food restaurants and maybe even your own home. I can’t wait to see all of you making appointments to view these records! The staff and our volunteers work tirelessly to make sure to preserve these documents.
There have been a lot of other developments at Steelworks Center of the West this year. A yearly fundraiser, Saints & Sinners — a tour of churches and taverns in Pueblo — saw its largest crowd to date in 2017! And bigger and better events are in the works for 2018. I shouldn’t say, but a paranormal night, a paint and wine night and much more is planned!
Let’s not forget about the Park . . . I watch over the CF&I Mine Rescue Car No. 1. It is believed to be the only remaining wooden Mine Rescue Car in the United States. Between 1923 and 1941 this converted Pullman railroad car was a training vehicle for mine emergency procedures and first-aid triage techniques. The car is currently undergoing a facelift to restore it to its heyday. It is such an honor for the museum to have this piece of history to care for. I picture everyone who comes to the Park, sitting on the memorial benches and visualizing what CF&I was like back in my days. The Park has gardens maintained by staff, and I can’t forget the brick wall, on which many of you have memorialized your loved ones. It will be great when that wall is finished and the museum can start the next memorial project.
In order for the museum and archives to continue to do all these things I mentioned above, we need your support more than ever! Our greatest need is in general operations. This is the perfect time of year to write off that final 2017 donation on your taxes.
Please consider donating here this holiday season!
Also, if you are considering giving appreciated stocks or if over 70 and a half, a donation direct from your IRA, please contact Courtney Woodka.
See you in the park,
The Bin Man with help from Courtney Woodka, Development Coordinator
We’re back with monthly fun science-themed activities!
Steelworks Center of the West, 215 Canal St., presents Second Science Saturday, a kids’ program focused on family learning with STEAM themes (science, technology, engineering, art and math) on Saturday, Jan. 13, from 1 to 3 p.m. for students in grades 1-6 and their adult helpers.
Cost is $5/participant.
January’s Second Science Saturday theme: Eyes
There are several hazards of working in heavy industry, particularly those involving the eyes. The class will consist of a brief lesson in eyeball anatomy, culminating in participants dissecting a cow eyeball. Participants will also conduct a few hands on experiments relating to optical illusions.
Reservations must be made in advance for the event as space is limited.
To reserve a spot, call 564-9086, ext. 108, or email email@example.com. Deadline to register is Friday, Jan. 5.
For more information about the museum visit www.steelworks.us.
Consider gifting friends or family members with a one-year membership to Steelworks Center of the West!
A membership to the museum allows for unlimited visits to the Museum; reduced fees for archival research; members only discounts on items in the Company Store Gift Shop; a members only quarterly newsletter; discounts on dinners and Coal Camp tours; discounted rental of the Bessemer community Room; exclusive members only events and the personal satisfaction of supporting a national treasure.
Active Military/Student/Senior (60 and over) memberships: $20
Dual Senior/Individual memberships: $35
Family membership (up to 6 people): $50
Business/Patron membership: $100
For more information or to purchase a membership as a gift, call 719-564-9086, ext. 104.
The 12th annual FACES of CF&I takes a step back in time in 2018. We’ll join President Harry S. Truman (portrayed by Raymond Starzmann) as he talks about his visit to Pueblo in the 1940’s. The stars and stripes will fly high at the Convention Center this evening. Enjoy a plated dinner, live band, live and silent auction and even a VIP meet and greet with Truman himself!
Thank you to all of the saints and sinners that made this year’s event on of our most successful ever!
Saints and Sinners is an annual event hosted by the Steelworks Center of the West. It is a self-guided tour of Pueblo’s historic churches (the Saints) and taverns (the Sinners) that began with brunch and a presentation at the Steelworks Museum, where guests received a full-page informational booklet with details about the event and historical information about the churches and taverns in this year’s line up. This year’s event included brunch (breakfast burritos!), admission to the Steelworks Museum, and a presentation from Pueblo Community College history professor Brad Bowers. All proceeds went to support our mission to preserve Pueblo’s unique steel-making history and our efforts to pass that legacy on to future generations. Check out the flyer below for more information, and thank you for your ongoing support!
Consider becoming a member of the Steelworks Center of the West! Your membership supports educational programming, museum exhibits, and our efforts to preserve the historical documents and artifacts of the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company.
Student $20 | Senior $20 | Individual $35 | Dual Senior $35 | Family $50 | Business/Patron $100
For more information or to join by phone, call 719-564-9086. Thanks for your support!
After years of planning and a lot of patience, construction of the Steelworks Park is finally complete! The Steelworks Park Dedication Ceremony for the Steelworks Park, located north of the Steelworks Museum at 215 Canal Street, will be Friday, Nov. 10, at 10 a.m. Keep your eyes on our north parking lot adjacent to Interstate 25, you will see some very large artifacts, such as a Davenport locomotive and a 130 ton ladle. In addition to the locomotive and ladle, the park will also feature Mine Rescue Car No. 1, two coal carts, a large statue of a steelworker and shaded landscaping with flowers, shrubs, and benches.
Though construction has completed, we still need your help in completing this unique project. Please consider adopting a bench or purchasing a brick which, in addition to helping a great cause, will be an opportunity for you to honor a loved one (or a group of loved ones) that worked at the steel mill, St. Mary Corwin Hospital, or the Colorado Supply Company store. Thank you all very much for your ongoing support, and we hope to see you all there!
The Steelworks Park is now under construction!
Parallel to I-25, just north of the Steelworks Museum, the Steelworks Park is being created with historic CF&I artifacts including a Davenport Engine from the Allen Mine, ore carts, 10 and 130 ton ladles, rollers, a Karymor merry go round, and a larger than life bronze sculpture of a steelworker. These artifacts will be surrounded by trees, bushes, signs, and with your help, benches.
Adopting a bench will be an opportunity to honor a loved one that worked at the steel mill, St. Mary Corwin Hospital, the Colorado Supply Company store, a family of CF&I workers, a labor union, or even an entire department. Tell your story at the Steelworks Park!
A full bench with your name can be purchased for $1,800, and half a bench can be purchased for $900. Click here to adopt a bench today! All donations to the Steelworks Center are tax deductible, please contact us here on our website to find out more.
The Colorado Supply Company virtual exhibit is now live! You can view this exhibit online by clicking on this link.
The Colorado Supply Company opened its first store in September 1888 at the mining camp of Rouse, and the chain grew and evolved over the next several decades. By 1904, there were 31 stores in operation in nearly every one of CF&I’s mining communities. By 1908 that number grew to 46, and they recorded almost $3 million in gross sales.
The supply store here in Pueblo, Colorado was originally located on the corner of Northern and Abriendo Avenues. When the building opened March 10, 1902, an estimated 20,000 people attended. Some were attracted by the promise of commemorative souvenirs, and others were curious about what could be found in “Pueblo’s complete department store” as it was advertised in local newspapers weeks prior to opening. The store was a success, and heavy business in the spring of 1902 forced the store to move to a larger building on Baystate and Evans Avenues.
At its peak in the first decade of the 20th century, the Colorado Supply Company employed 135 people, and the Pueblo branch delivered goods all over town until it caught fire on January 15, 1953, and never reopened.
Learn more about the Colorado Supply Company here on our website, then come in to the museum and tour our physical exhibit that is going on now.
Lesson plans from for the film Forging the West, from HaveyPro Cinema and Historic Pueblo, Inc., can be found in the links below. If you have any questions about these plans or about the ways in which this film can be used as an educational tool, please contact us here on our website or give us a call at 719-564-9086 x108.