2014 Mining History Association Tour


Steelworks Museum of Industry and Culture
and EVRAZ/Rocky Mountain Steel Plant,
Pueblo, CO
Tour Leaders: Dr. Jonathan Rees
June 11, 2014

 

 

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The pre-conference tour included the EVRAZ/Rocky Mountain Steel Plant and the Steelworks Museum in Pueblo, CO.  Because of company policy, no cameras were allowed in the steel plant.

The MHAers were given an extensive tour of the EVRAZ plant including the electric arc furnaces, rolling mill producing rail, rod and bar mill, and seamless steel tube mill.  Transportation through the plant was by company van.

 Historic CF&I furnaces and heating towers are visible from the Steelworks Museum across Interstate 25.  The plant was the first integrated steel mill west of the Mississippi and began production in 1882.

CF&I steel mill workers entered the plant through the Main Gate Tunnels, now closed, which pass under the Interstate highway.

The Steelworks Museum is located in the historic CF&I Infirmary building.  It is operated by the Bessemer Historical Society.

The former CF&I Headquarters building is adjacent to the Steelworks Museum.  It is now under restoration.


Steelworks Museum Curator, Victoria Miller, welcomes the MHA group.

Tour Leader, Dr. Jonathan Reese, discusses the history of CF&I and its extensive Archives.

A museum exhibit contains a map of the extensive network on mines and company towns operated by CF&I in the Colorado coal fields.  Click here for a large map.

“Life in a Coal Camp” is one of several exhibits that interpret the every-day life of miners and their families in CF&I coal mining towns.  This exhibit contains a photograph of a miners’ duplex house in Berwind.  The remains of this camp were seen on the June 15,, 2014 MHA tour of Historic Coal Mining and Coking Towns.

 

 

Photo Credits: Henry Djerlev, Mike and Pat Kaas

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