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Primero- Colorado Fuel and Iron's Model Town

Blake Hatton, Abbie Specht, Authors

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Camp and Plant Updates for Residents

Camp and Plant was a publication that covered the lives of the people involved in the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company and had updates on all the mining camps with each issue published. Camp and Plant also included stories or articles in German, Spanish and Italian as well as articles geared toward women and children. 

Vol. 1 No. 1: December 14, 1901 Primero Update 

In this issue of Camp and Plant School districts and building plans are at the center of interest for the residents of Primero. The school district at Primero was attached to school district No. 61 and at this point was held in a large school house. Primero is referred to as the "Coal City" and in 1901 it was under a lot of growth and expansion. W.H. Davis is noted for the completion of an annex consisting of an office and smoking rooms for his boarders. 

Vol.1 No. 2 December 20, 1901 Primero Update 

Production and expansion updates frequent Primero's early news, in this issue production is noted at the 1,500 ton mark and was expected to to grow far beyond. The brick work covering the boiler were almost finished and the stacks were set to follow after. Dinkies were set to be replaced by noiseless electric motors to pull the coal trains and the company store received a roof and two chimneys. Stucco was being applied to the store walls to achieve a "Spanish mission style of architecture, which (was) really appropriate to this region," according to Camp and Plant. "With a few more coats of crimson paint the tipple will be a model of completeness," Camp and Plant notes at the end of this news update. 

Vol. 1 No. 3 December 28, 1901

The first issue of Camp and Plant was received at Primero. Severe weather, less than an inch of snow, did not interfere with production. School district boundaries were changed and they hoped to fill vacancies on the board of directors at this time. J. C Osgood, J. A. Kebler and other officials visited for a tour of inspection on December 14 and Primero was threatened with a water famine due to bad or muddy wells and low local water resources.

Vol. 1 No. 5 January 4, 1902 Primero Update 

J. A. Tingley was appointed second clerk and operator in the Primero office and succeeded J. B. Davis. This issue notes the weather had been full of wind and snow and brought outside work to a standstill. A dance was held in the company boarding house on Christmas Eve and continued well into Christmas Morning according to the article. Christmas day however was quiet as many traveled to Trinidad and Denver. A new stable had been completed as well. 

Vol. 1 No. 5 January 11, 1902 Primero Update 

On New Years day the mine was in operation but the holiday was still celebrated with bands of musicians to the amusement of the workers. The article states that "New Year's day was very quiet, and everybody, including the weather gods, behaved beautifully." At this point in Primero's history one hundred houses were on the verge of completion and two hundred and fifty more had been contracted for and residents and the company alike were anticipating Primero being "a city of the first class" according to Camp and Plant. (Primero never actually reaches the size that is projected in this issue) 

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