One of the largest steel-producing cities in the United States, Pueblo is sometimes referred to as the “Steel City”. And as the hometown of four Medal of Honor recipients — more per capita than any other city in the United States — Pueblo is also known as the “Home of Heroes.”
Located at the confluence of the Arkansas River and Fountain Creek, Pueblo has been an important crossroads for transportation and trading for more than 150 years. But Pueblo has changed over time, steel mills giving way to the Riverwalk and family cafes joined by upscale restaurants. Today, the city is a thriving town that values culture and arts as well as livestock shows and hot-rod expos. In fact, the city’s Creative Corridor runs through three historic neighborhoods, filled with galleries, museums, fountains, live music and other arts festivities.
One of the city’s claims to fame is its Mexican food. Pueblo farmers grow their own variety of green chile, made into a savory stew to top just about anything edible. Local growers bring their produce to farmers’ markets all over the region each summer. Each fall, the Chile & Frijoles Festival celebrates the harvest and the city’s Hispanic heritage.
Downtown events often revolve around the Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center and adjacent Buell Children’s Museum, which has won national recognition for excellence.
The city’s ambitious Nature and Raptor Center provides pleasant hiking along the river and houses rescued wild birds such as owls and eagles. There’s also Lake Pueblo State Park west of town, where fishing, boating, and other water sports are the order of the day, as well as great mountain biking trails. And in City Park, there’s a zoo, including children’s carnival rides and an antique carousel.
Pueblo has not forgotten its roots. Witness the revitalization of the Union Avenue Historic District and the completely rebuilt El Pueblo Museum, which honors the area’s history and cultural diversity. Those in search of more history can find it at Rosemount Museum, home of one of the city’s founding fathers, or the Steelworks Museum of Industry & Culture, which houses a collection of archives and artifacts associated with the CF&I steel mill and its mining communities.