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Primero- Colorado Fuel and Iron's Model Town

Blake Hatton, Abbie Specht, Authors

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CF&I strove to provide their workers with conditions "as close to ideal as possible", and built 175 houses in Primero.  7 of these had indoor plumbing, and most had either 3 or 4 rooms.  CF&I owned the lots and the houses, and rented them to the workers.  Begin the housing path to learn more about homes in Primero.


Home Talent Play
Under the direction of Miss Miriam C. Dawley a home talent play was given for the benefit of the Ladies Social Club on March 15, 1917. 

In a mining town like Primero, many three and four room houses were built to accommodate the workers of the CF&I Primero Branch. The standard rent was $2.00 per room per month. If the home had power, each outlet cost was thirty-five cents. However, many camps did not have electricity, and many also rented ground to essentially maintain shacks on company land for a fee of $1.00 per month. Other modern conveniences were available at extra cost per month. To have a running bath and cost was $3.00 per month. A sink with running water was an additional $2.00 per month. Garages were also offered at an additional cost. 


By 1924 the mining towns still operating had easier access to electricity, and electricity was free for garages and porches. Other free services were a coal bin for each home, a slot for livestock in the community stable, and a garbage can with a disposal system. The beautification project was erected to improve visual appearance of the homes. Sidewalks were cemented, trees were planted, and fences were built around the homes. Chicken coops were also available, and more than half of the residents were requesting them by 1924.
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