FORGING the WEST

A Film by HaveyPro Cinema
In Association with Historic Pueblo, Inc.

The Colorado Fuel and Iron Company (CF&I) began production in 1872 and grew to become the largest steel mill in the Western United States and a firm of enormous importance to the industrialization of the American West. The first steel mill west of the Mississippi River, CF&I also played a pivotal role in the tumultuous history of American labor relations. By the turn of the 20th Century the company was the largest private landowner and the largest employer in Colorado. CF&I mines and mining towns operated throughout the West, while subsidiary companies stretched from Massachusetts to California. Its mills in Pueblo, Colorado provided iron and steel products for agriculture, transportation, mining and other industries critical to western development. The company fueled immigration of ethnic groups to work in its mines and mills, playing an important cultural role in diversifying a burgeoning population.

As the fundraising continues for the documentary additional funding has been received from Xcel Energy, Bob and Doris Johnston Foundation, El Pomar Foundation, Black Hills Energy, Colorado Tourism Office-Heritage Tourism, Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce and many others.

The fundraising for the documentary is close but still need $16,000 in additional funds. A local attorney is willing to match up to $8,000. Please contact Corinne Koehler at 719-252-5389 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to be part of this great documentary on the history of CF&I.

The next step after the documentary is premiered is to raise funds to place a copy with lesson plans in every school (private and public) and library in the state. 

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