Sitting at the foothills of Southern Colorado’s mountainous landscape is the industrious little town of Pueblo, CO. While the whole of Pueblo county boasts a burgeoning growth of over 166,000, Pueblo itself represents about 111,000 of that.
With a long history tied to the Steel Mill which inspired its namesake of the Steel City Pueblo at times over it’s colorful past has played host to Hollywood film crews, notorious tales of Al Capone and James D. Rockefeller and harrowing stories of resilience following the great flood of 1921 in which most of downtown Pueblo was covered in water. Perhaps, “Pueblo perseverance” should be a city moniker worth recommending.
With its’ colorful past notwithstanding, Pueblo today is known as the “Home of Heroes” paying tribute to the great number of Congressional Medal of Honor winners who called Pueblo home. Following are several other “Must Know” tips for visitors to enjoy!
1. Pueblo is the Home to the Colorado State Fair a fun filled event held in August with converts, food and entertainment.
2. Pueblo is known for its great tasting green chile! For some of the best, check out the annual “Chile & Frijole Festival” held every September right in the heart of downtown on Union Avenue.
3. Pueblo loves festivals! Whether its Boats, Bands and BBQ, the NSRA street Rod Nationals or even The Little Britches Rodeo, Pueblo has something for everyone!
4. Pueblo is the Burger capital of Southern Colorado with some of the best coming right out of downtown Pueblo!
5. Pueblo Sloppers are a thing! Sloppers are essentially a bottom bun and burger loaded with mouth watering chile, cheese, onions and more piled high on top..Try one with a cold beer today!
6. Pueblo was featured several times in the 80’s classic movie National Lampoons Vacation with Chevy Chase.
7. Pueblo Reservoir is the largest body of water in Southern Colorado and is a prime destination for boaters, fishermen and campers attracting thousands annually
8. The CFI “Steel Mill” was once owned in part by the famous Rockefeller family
9. Pueblo has a mysterious network of underground tunnels all around the city. From subterranean prohibition routes to transportation causeways the city’s many tunnels are a constant source of eerie interest.
10. Pueblo’s sunny demeanor has more days of sunshine than Honolulu Hawaii!
11. Pueblo maintains a vibrant artistic community and features artists monthly with its creative corridor and downtown art walks every month
12. Pueblo has a strong football heritage from being the hometown of football treasure Dutch Clark to the CSU Pueblo Thunderwolves winning the NCAA Division 2 Championships to playing host to the oldest football rivalry in America, the famed Pueblo Central vs Centennial annual Bell Game!
The above are but a tidbit of the amazing and interesting facts that make Pueblo, unique fun and livable! If you’re looking for an offbeat destination that without the big-ticket cost, Pueblo also has one of the lower costs of living with so much to do for free! From the kayak course on the Arkansas River, to its numerous biking, and hiking trails, fun abounds right here in our little jewel of the Southwest!
Welcome to Pueblo, where there is something for everyone!
If you are searching for a True Pueblo Experience, checkout The Gold Dust Saloon in Downtown Pueblo where you can treat yourself to an authentic taste of Pueblo including Sloppers, Craft Burgers, Ice Cold Beer and much more! Learn more at www.golddustsaloon.net or call ahead to make a reservation today at (719) 545-0741.