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Target Japan: The 509th Composite Group and the Beginning of the Atomic Age
Cokedale, Colorado: A Model Company Town 
Primero, Colorado:  The Life and Death of a Company Town


Target Japan: The 509th Composite Group and the Beginning of the Atomic Age

Preliminary research and writing are underway for a new documentary film on the 509th Composite Group and the atomic missions to Japan. This new film will add much to what we know about the atomic project, especially the ordinary people who worked behind the scenes to end the war in the Pacific. Production is scheduled to begin in the spring 2018 with the film's release planned for November 2018. Dr. Vernon L. Williams will produce and direct the new film. Williams has assembled a production team drawn from professionals from Texas. "We have some rare talent here in Texas who are committed to bringing the 509th story to life," stated Williams. From mechanics and airframe technicians to flight crews and the leadership who helped end the Pacific war-this film will follow the story of ordinary Americans in extraordinary times. DVD 58 minutes.  
24.95 plus shipping. 
RELEASE DATE: November 2018                                  TOP


Cokedale, Colorado: A Model Company Town

In 1907 the American Smelting and Refining Company (ASARCO) built a company town in Reilly Canyon, about 12 miles west of Trinidad, Colorado. Anxious to mine the coal in the local canyons, ASARCO's new town of Cokedale attracted hundreds of families to move into the southern Colorado area to make a new life for themselves. Many of the new comers arrived from eastern or southern Europe with few possessions but were determined to make themselves a new life. Most immigrants were convinced that hard work and a thrifty outlook would insure that the American Dream was theirs for the taking. This film is the story of people--people who came to Cokedale and lived out their lives in the misery and struggle that proved to be the norm for miners and their families in the early part of the twentieth century West. In 1947 the Cokedale story came to a close as the nation turned to other fuels to supply the growing industrial output of post-war America. Between 1907 and 1947, thousands of men, women, and children battled against the realities of living in a company town. This is their story. DVD 58 minutes.
$29.95 plus shipping. 
RELEASE DATE: TBD                              TOP


Primero, Colorado:  The Life and Death of a Company Town

Colorado, Fuel, & Iron Company (CF&I) began construction of Primero, Colorado in 1901.  Primero was positioned about 15 miles west of Trinidad, Colorado at the site of the most promising coal deposits in the region. While CF&I built other towns and opened other mines, Primero quickly proved to be the wealth producer company officials hoped for.  During the first twenty years, Primero set new production records as coal miners and their family struggled to survive in the hostile environs of coal country.  In the 1920s coal production fell off markedly and in 1928 the