Class 1A, Bessemer School, Pueblo, Colorado, ca. 1915 CF&I Administrative Offices, Pueblo, Colorado, ca. 1960
The Steelworks Center of the West provides continuing education to the public through the preservation of historic archives, artifacts and buildings of the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company (CF&I), and related activities leading to the industrialization of the entire Western United States. The Steelworks Center accomplishes this by providing Kindergarten through post-graduate level educational programming, and by collecting, preserving and exhibiting collections of the steel and mining industry, Pueblo’s Bessemer neighborhood, and the contributions and impacts working families in those industries made in the Industrial West.
We are located in the historic CF&I Administrative Offices in the heart of the Bessemer Neighborhood, in Pueblo, Colorado. Together with the City and County of Pueblo, the Bessemer Association of Neighborhood Development (B.A.N.D.), and NeighborWorks® of Pueblo we are working to revitalize this unique neighborhood.
We host a variety of activities to involve our members, students, scholars and the general public in the preservation and interpretation of the rich history of the Industrial West:
Museum Tours: Discounts apply for groups making reservations in advance. Tours normally last 1-2 hours and can be tailor-made to fit your group’s interests. Call the museum at 719-564-9086 to make reservations.
Speakers: We host a variety of lecture programs with scholars, past mill or mine workers, or media personalities. Please see Upcoming Events for a list of current programs.
Archives Tours: These behind the scenes tours give an in-depth look at the current progress to process and preserve the Steelworks Archives. These tours are guided by our professional archives staff and are conducted by special arrangement.
Special Events: We host a variety of special events, including New Exhibits Receptions, Coal Camp Tours, and our signature Saints ‘n Sinners Tour of historic churches and taverns. See Upcoming Events for a complete listing.