Points of Interest: Colorado State Fairgrounds, El Pueblo Museum, Rosemount Victorian House Museum, Pueblo Zoo, Pueblo Greyhound Park, Greenway & Nature Center, Pueblo State Recreation Area, The Fred E. Weisbrod Aircraft Museum, Sangre De Cristo Arts Center, Children's Museum, Pueblo Army Depot, Fire Museum, DOT High Speed Ground Test Center, University of Southern Colorado, Pueblo Community College, CF & I Steel Corporation, The Government Printing Office, The Association of American Railroads
Annual Events: Colorado State Fair, State Fair Stomp on, State Fair Parade in Aug.; Red Flannel Horse Show in Jan.; Town and Gown Performing Arts Series in Jan./Nov.; Pueblo Symphony Performances in Jan./Feb./Nov.; Impossible Players Theater in Feb./Nov.; Sport, Boat, & Travel Show in March; Spring Series Regatta in April; Governors Cup Regatta in May; Farmers' Market July-Oct.; Rolling River Raft Race in July; Pueblo County Ice Cream Social in Aug.; River Clean Up in Sept.; Spook Trail in Oct.; Pueblo Chorale Society Performances in Nov.; Christmas Posada in Dec. Hotel & Motel Rooms: 1,614 units in 23 lodges
Visitors Information Chamber of Commerce 302 N. Santa Fe 542-1704
Bus Station TNM & O Carriers (Greyhound Carrier)
703 W. US Hwy 50 544-6295
Public Golf Courses
Police Department 130 Central Main 549-1200
Although Pueblo did not become a town until 1870, its existence dates back to the early 1840's when fur traders built Fort Pueblo Trading Post. Prior to this, Zebulon Pike used the site as a base for his unsuccessful assault on the nearby mountain, Pikes Peak. This site was a natural crossroads for many tribes of Indians, Spanish soldiers, mountain men, trappers, and traders. The fort was abandoned in 1854 after a Ute Indian massacre. With the advent of the gold rush in 1858, the present town of Pueblo made its beginning at the old site of Fort Pueblo. It grew into a booming supply town with four railroads. Its foundries supplied mining equipment and its smelters processed the gold from nearby mining towns. CF & I Steel Corporation, Pueblo's oldest employer, opened its steel plant in 1880. In the 1900's the Fryingpan-Arkansas project was completed to divert water from the western slope for irrigation, hydroelectric power, and recreational facilities. Today manufacturing is still a major contributor to Pueblo's economy. Other areas of major importance include agriculture and government facilities.