Take a quick and easy drive north of Walsenburg and discover Pueblo, a culturally and historically-rich Colorado city made famous by being one of the largest steel-producing cities in the U.S.
Built in 1881, Pueblo’s Colorado Fuel and Iron Steel Mill attracted a large number of immigrant laborers, resulting in Pueblo becoming the most ethnically and culturally diverse city in the West. At one point, more than 40 languages were spoken in the steel mill and more than two-dozen foreign language newspapers were published in the city. Irish, Italian, German, Slovenian, Greek, Jewish, Lithuanian, Russian, Hungarian, Japanese, and African-American groups arrived in the area at the turn of the century and remain till today. The convergence of cultures led to the city’s cosmopolitan character, resulting in a number of ethnically-rooted neighborhoods typically not seen west of the Mississippi.
Cool fact: Pueblo publicly recognizes all of its military veterans and is home to more Medal of Honor recipients than any other U.S. municipality. “What is it… something in the water out there in Pueblo? All you guys turn out to be heroes!” President Eisenhower famously said. Thus, the City has earned the nickname, Home of Heroes.
Aside from cultivating an ethnically diverse community unique in Southern Colorado, Pueblo offers exceptional dining and shopping, first-class facilities, a wonderful art scene, recreational activities, and a wide choice of accommodations.
Today, friendly locals and a long list of attraction make the city a great choice for eager explorers. If you’re planning on taking a day trip to Pueblo, check out our calendar. You may be lucky enough to be in town for the Annual Colorado State Fair, nearly two weeks of carnivals, livestock shows, rodeos, and concerts. Or, make sure to drop by any of the following places for a great time.
arkansas riverwalk creative corridor el pueblo history museum lake pueblo state park nature and raptor center pueblo pueblo heritage museum pueblo zoo rosemont museum sangre de cristo arts center steelworks museum weisbord aircraft museum