Posted: Dec 14, 2010 11:09 AM by Greg Boyce
The Bessemer and Minnequa neighborhoods will be 125 years old next year and the Bessemer Historical Society is inviting people to donate their history relating to the area.
The town of Bessemer was incorporated in 1886 by General William Palmer as a town to support the newly established Colorado Coal and Iron Steel Mill, later to become CF&I Steel Corporation. At one time, Bessemer was a fully functioning city complete with its own city hall, 5 member town council, jail, stores and independent businesses. It was annexed into the City of Pueblo in 1894. Bessemer is now known as a neighborhood near Northern Avenue near the still operating steel mill.
The Society is interested in: store receipts, photographs, maps, blueprints of homes, amateur films and other documentation to add to the CF&I Archive collection. Staff members are also interested in talking to current or former residents of the neighborhood to capture recollections, memories and stories from their past of events or activities for an oral history collection.
For more information, contact Tim Hawkins, CF&I Archivist or Victoria Miller, Steelworks Museum curator at (719) 564-9086.