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.

Screening Events

November 2nd, 2017

SteamPlant Event Center
220 W. Sackett
Salida, CO 81201
7:00 PM
Tickets $10. Available at or 719.530.0933

The CF&I story will be the subject of a new documentary film from the Emmy Award-winning team of HaveyPro Cinema, producer of historical documentaries on Denver Union Station, the Colorado Capitol Building, Margaret “Molly” Brown and the highly acclaimed feature documentary on the history of water in Colorado, The Great Divide.

Forging the West will bring the epic story of an essential western industry to life for audiences throughout the state and region. From the impacts of company policies on immigrant workers and their families to the rails, nails, pipe and politics that expedited settlement of a wild frontier, the film draws on the riches of the Steelworks Center of the West archives to tell the human side of a momentous American story.


Premiere showings will be held in Pueblo and in Denver. Rocky Mountain PBS has committed to airing the show throughout Colorado. Additional screenings will be in small regional theatres, local cable channels and film festivals. Film DVDs and digital streaming will also be distributed to 2,000 schools and libraries throughout Colorado.


Contact Corinne Koehler at for Sponsorship Opportunities and Information

Managing Sponsor

Historic Pueblo

Director Sponsor

Colorado Film Commission

Gaffer Sponsor

el pomar

Frances Koncilja, Joe Koncilja and Jim Koncilja

Bob and Doris Johnston Foundation

Grip Sponsor

Black Hills Energy

Pueblo County Board of Commissioners

Colorado Heritage and Agritourism

Anderson Hallas Architects PC

National Trust for Historic Preservation

Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce

Production Assistant Sponsor

City of Pueblo

Pueblo Electrics

Jeff and Paula Chostner

Dennis and Corinne Koehler

Bill and Mona Askwig

Dr. Rheaume Family trust

Int’l Steelworkers Union-District 12

USW Local 2102

USW Local 3267

Union Pacific Foundation

Supporter Sponsor

Linda Crawford

St. Mary Corwin Medical Center

Loaf N Jug

Doris MacCannon

Ryals Family Foundation

Pipefitters Local Union 208

Parkview Medical Center

Colorado Eagle Distributors

Bill and Ellie Crain

Pueblo City and County Foundation

San Isabel Electric Association & Basin Electric

Jayne Mazur and John Barnosky

John Koch

Mike and RaeAnn Blazer

Transportation Technology Center

Jay and Lori Winner

Margaret Bolibaugh

Barbara Vidmar

Dr. Eric and Diana Bernauer


Historic Pueblo, Inc. (with CF&I film in memo line)
P.O. Box 2386, Pueblo, CO 81004
Tax ID #33-1006168


The campaign to raise the funds for "Forging the West" is almost to the end but not quite. We still have $16,000 to go to cover the production costs. An anonymous Puebloan attorney has given a challenge donation of $8,000 if we get the last $8,000 donated.

Donations of all sizes will be greatly appreciated to meet this challenge. Donations of $1,000 or larger will receive special recognition and benefits but all donations will be credited.

Questions? Call Corinne Koehler at 719.252.5389 or e-mail at

Or Mail Donations to:
Historic Pueblo, Inc.   P.O. Box 2386, Pueblo, CO 81004 (with CF&I film in memo line)


Contact Information:

Corinne Koehler
Historic Pueblo, Inc.
P.O. Box 2386
Pueblo, CO

Alysha Burney
HaveyPro Cinema
3457 Ringsby Court, Unit 105
Denver, CO 80216