Our most recent virtual exhibit, Primero: Colorado Fuel and Iron’s Model Town, is now online. It focuses on the mining town of Primero, a small company-owned mining community near the Purgatoire River in Las Animas County. Primero had a state accredited grade school and high school, a Y.M.C.A., Protestant and Catholic churches, and more than 175 homes in which thousands of Colorado coal miners and their families lived, learned, and worshiped at the turn of the twentieth century.
This exhibit, developed by history students from Colorado State University-Pueblo with the help of Steelworks Center staff, provides fascinating details about CF&I’s model coal town. It includes photographs, newspaper articles, a detailed historical narrative, and an interactive map of the town from the 1920s.
You can view this and other virtual exhibits on our Online Exhibits page. If you have any questions or comments about this project or the town of Primero, or if you would like to suggest ideas for a future Online Exhibit, please let us know.