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6 Welcome to Pueblo

An introduction to the community

Things to Do 10 Urban Oasis

New Pillars Park adds to river recreation

14 More Than Art

Sangre de Cristo Arts Center takes new direction

18 Local Flavor

The Spice of Life 20 Arts Creative Culture 22 Recreation Be a Good Sport

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30 Patriotic Pueblo

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4 Education 3 Apples for the Students 7 Health 3 Big City Services, Small Town Care 39 Community Profile



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At A Glance

Pueblo, Colorado A quick, comprehensive overview of what’s great about the community With nearly 300 days of sunshine annually and a mild climate, Pueblo is a great place to enjoy an outstanding quality of life, complete with year-round recreation and outdoor activities, celebrated and varied dining options, and exceptional businessopportunities.

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Economic Drivers Located conveniently at the intersection of Interstate 25 and U.S. Route 50, Pueblo’s easy access makes it attractive to new businesses, residents and visitors. The city is home to global companies such as Vestas Windtowers of America, Evraz Rocky Mountain Steel Company, Transportation Technology Center Inc. and the Professional Bull Riders, Inc. (PBR). Visiting and Living in Pueblo Tourism is a huge component of Pueblo’s economy. For example, more than 1.7 million people visit the Pueblo Reservoir each year. Downtown draws visitors and residents, thanks to independent businesses and the city’s Historic Arkansas Riverwalk Project (HARP) that winds through the city center. Newest additions to the Riverwalk area are a 500-employee AT&T Customer Care Center and the PBR’s global headquarters. The Riverwalk is home to several large regional festivals, among them the Loaf ‘N Jug Chile & Frijoles Festival, the largest and most widely recognized, and the Wild Wild West Fest. Pueblo continues to grow and change with exciting possibilities for the future. More people and businesses are choosing to make Pueblo home, not only for the excellent quality of life at a low cost, but for its new and sustainable development. Experience what makes Pueblo a wonderful place to live, work, invest and play.

Pueblo’s Riverwalk

In 2010, the Veterans’ Bridge opened at Gateway Park along the Historic Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo to honor local veterans and accommodate foot traffic. The city is embarking upon a $100 million, 30-year project that will ultimately add more tourism attractions throughout the Historic District and Riverwalk.

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Things To Do Pueblo’s must-do attractions, activities and dining

Take the Kids

Embrace your wild side at the Pueblo Zoo. See more than 420 animals in areas such as the Serengeti Safari, Australian Outback and Asian Adventure. The zoo, which covers nearly 30 acres, is located inside City Park.






Buon Appetito!

Relax on the Water

Get Busy

Adventure Awaits

Grab a slice topped with green chiles at Angelo’s Pizza Parlor on the Riverwalk. Angelo’s has been in Colorado since 1992 and is a full-service pizza parlor complete with tossed crust and special sauce. In addition to pizza, Angelo’s serves pasta, soups and salads.

Rent a boat at South Shore Marina and cruise around Lake Pueblo State Park, where you can enjoy majestic views of Pikes Peak and the Greenhorn and Wet mountain ranges. Lake Pueblo also offers opportunities for fishing, sailing and relaxing.

Stroll the Historic Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo in downtown Pueblo, where you will find a nature center, shops, entertainment and cafes. If you’re interested in riding along the channel, hop on a boat for a narrated tour of the 32-acre area.

Rent a kayak or bring your own to Whitewater Park in downtown Pueblo between Union Avenue and the West Fourth Street Bridge. The park is about half a mile long and has eight drops. In addition, the park’s south bank features the world’s largest mural.

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Things To Do




Haunted Tour

Do Downtown

Sing Along

Expand Your Tastes

See a Ghost

Grab a cup of coffee made from sun-roasted beans at Solar Roast Coffee, then browse the cool downtown Pueblo shops nearby such as RazMaTaz for “clothing and accessories for the uncommon woman,” or Cigars Ltd. for a selection of fine cigars.

Swing by Independent Records and Tapes and grab a CD by the Haunted Windchimes, a Pueblo band that has played on A Prairie Home Companion. Host Garrison Keillor says the band is “popular among the grey hairs, green hairs, purple hairs and all over.”

Stock up on foodie finds all in one spot at Greenwood Square, which is located in Pueblo’s City Center. The shopping center includes 80/Twenty Wines, Wine Gear Store, Springside Cheese Store, and Mernie’s Spices, Oils and Vinegars.

Become part of the story on Pueblo’s Ghost Walk, which highlights the city’s history and memorable past residents. Tours leave every 15 minutes from the El Pueblo History Museum in the downtown area and include storytellers and actors in costumes.

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Things To Do

Arkansas River

A resident paddleboards down the Arkansas River near the new Pillars Park. The river also offers opportunities for trophy trout fishing.


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Pillars Park opens in Pueblo


he Arkansas River is a rock star in Pueblo’s recreation scene. An urban boulder-climbing area is the latest addition to the river trail. Pillars Park, the work of the 2011 class of Leadership Pueblo, invites youngsters to embark on a rock-climbing adventure while engaging them at a safe distance from the river. Families relax on benches and picnic tables sculpted from natural rock quarried in Colorado. The boulders, also from a Colorado quarry, were treated to protect against graffiti.

“We wanted to do something to improve the area near the kayakers’ river access that would benefit different groups,” says 2011 Leadership Pueblo graduate Jeanette O’Quin, who initiated the idea for the project. “Fishers, kayakers, bikers, they all benefit from this. They can stop and rest here. Their families can spend their time here while their kayaker takes lessons or races, or while other family members fish.” Leadership Pueblo enlisted the advice of city officials, Colorado State University-Pueblo and even Pueblo West resident John Gill, a renowned climber considered the Father of Modern Bouldering. “Because I work at a waterworks plant, I have a passion to see our river put to good use and enjoyed by lots of different people,” O’Quin says. “We’re a very hometown community. It’s amazing what we accomplished with a few people making phone calls. We discovered that one of our class member’s grandparents owned a quarry. We bought the

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Whitewater Park and Trails The development of nontraditional recreation areas along the river has made it a family-friendly attraction for a variety of activities. Runners and bikers enjoy the paths that run past Pillars Park and along the Pueblo Levee, from which the Levee Mural Project can be seen over a three-mile stretch. Guinness World Records recognizes the project, which began as graffiti, as the largest outdoor mural in the world. Kayakers of all ages can learn and compete on the $8 million

John Gill: Father of American Bouldering

A.J. Samora climbs on a boulder at the new Pillars Park.

dollar man-made course at Pueblo Whitewater Park. “The kids love it, and it’s free,” says Pueblo resident Mike Taylor, who frequently kayaks the course with his nephews Zane and Jack. “There’s something there for every ability level, and people go there with their rafts, tubes, surfboards and boogie boards, too. It’s a lot of fun.” Gold Medal Waters The Colorado Division of Wildlife designated the section of the Arkansas River from Pueblo Boulevard to the reservoir as Gold Medal waters, indicating great potential for trophy trout fishing. The division also lists the area as a Hot Spot, citing the mild winter

climate and consistent flows out of the Pueblo Dam. Of course the river is essential to yet another downtown Pueblo attraction, the Historic Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo, or HARP, which offers scenic walkways for strolling, grassy expanses for picnicking and a seasonal farmers market along its 32-acre waterfront. Excursion boats, gondolas and pedal boats are for hire, for an up-closeand-personal river experience.  by Cyndie Todd  by staff photographer Brian McCord Learn more about what makes Pueblo unique at

What do math and gymnastics have to do with rock climbing? Pueblo West resident John Gill knows the answer. Considered the father of American bouldering, the former math professor combined gymnastics and mathematics in his approach to climbing. “A mathematician is always solving problems,” Gill says, “and the same is true of bouldering. Boulder routes are even called ‘problems.’ It helps in bouldering to have an inquiring mind.” As a gymnast, he introduced two aspects to bouldering: the use of chalk to improve grip and the use of controlled dynamics. “I encouraged swinging and free aerial dynamics in which the body completely separates from the rock momentarily,” he explains. His legacy is documented in the film The Disciples of Gill. Developers sought advice from Gill on the climbing features in the new Pillars Park. “It’s a very good start,” Gill says of the park. “Eventually, perhaps, they will add (a boulder) large enough for adults to practice their climbing skills.” Gill moved from Georgia to the Centennial State to attend graduate school at Fort Collins. He is retired from the University of Southern Colorado (now Colorado State University-Pueblo). “I had always wanted to live in Colorado, and I was very fortunate to get a job after graduation that allowed me to do so,” Gill says. “From where I live I can see the Wet Mountains and Pikes Peak and look out over miles of rolling prairie to the southern horizon and see the wind rustling the grass and trees.”

 by Cyndie Todd

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Things To Do

More than

ART Museum takes New Direction Sangre de Cristo Arts Center All of the Arts for All of Southern Colorado

Hours/admission Galleries: 11a.m.-4p.m., Tue.-Sat. Franco’s Bistro: 9a.m.-7p.m., Tue.-Sat. Box Office: 9a.m.-5p.m., Mon.-Fri. 9a.m.-4p.m. on Sat. Adults: $4.00 Children (and military): $3.00 Arts Center Members: FREE


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ueblo’s Sangre de Cristo Arts Center celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2012, and is thriving under new leadership. In 2011, longtime supporter Dan Lere took over as executive director of the center and has overseen the introduction of new programs and perfection of some old favorites.

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Pueblo’s Sangre de Cristo Arts Center


For a quick bite to eat , try Franco’s Bistro inside the Buell Children’s Museum at the arts cen ter.

Buell Children’s Museum at Sangre de Cristo

“Sangre de Cristo plays a key role in the economic vitality of our community. It is a cultural experience for the 17 counties of southern Colorado and the northern New Mexico cities, so it is not limited to our immediate area.” Dee Rogers-Brown, resident and Sangre de Cristo board member

“Sangre de Cristo is much more than an art museum providing high-quality exhibits,” says Dee Rogers-Brown, a local supporter and board member. “Consider the performing arts of Center Stage, the wonderful school of dance, an amazing children’s museum, comprehensive arts educational programs and a great place to meet and greet new friends at events like Representing the West, Own Your Own, Festival Fridays and the annual Gala. Sangre de Cristo plays a key role in the economic vitality of our community. It is a cultural experience for the 17 counties of southern Colorado and the northern New Mexico cities, so it is not limited to our immediate area.” Recent Changes Inside the center, the former Hoag Gallery has been renamed the Hoag Studio, and now hosts a different artist each month. The visiting artist turns the space into


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his or her own studio, where students and other visitors can observe a working artist in action. On the first and third Fridays of each month, the Hoag Studio is open until 10 p.m. and offers live music and cocktails. “It has become a popular place to hang out,” Lere says. The center also has made changes to its popular performance lineup. In winter 2012, rather than hosting Festival Fridays as it does during the summer, the arts center introduced the Colorado Music Series featuring Colorado-based musicians. This outdoor musical performance launched September 20, and included performances by the country/western band Tumbling Dice and The Haunted Windchimes, which plays folk and American music. The Children’s Playhouse Series, renamed the Family Theater Series, continues to stage five productions each year, but plans to produce

The White Gallery

Kaitlin Vincent and Maddie Hanson visit the “In a Moment” art exhibition inside the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center’s White Gallery.

shows that will attract children ages 4 to 14 rather than just ages 4 to 8. And through a new partnership with Pueblo Community College, the arts center now offers dance classes for college credit while the college offers jewelry classes for arts center patrons. Rich Results All the changes have been driven by economic realities, Lere says. “For years, there have been activities here that have not made money,” he says. “We can’t afford to keep doing that. We are looking at the economic side of everything we do, and we can continue to offer great programs without losing money.” For many residents, Sangre de Cristo brings an essential richness to life in Pueblo. “The presence of the arts center is really vital to the whole community,” says Sally Berryman, M.D., a former Sangre de Cristo board member. “When recruiting new doctors or businesses to Pueblo, it is a huge draw to be able to have arts, music, dance and everything the center encompasses. People are looking for those amenities when they come to a community.”  by Nancy Mann Jackson  by staff photographer Brian McCord

Sangre de Cristo

Kate Jarrett, who is part of the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center’s Artists in Residence program, creates ceramic pots in her studio at the center.

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Things To Do: Local Flavor

The Spice of Life

great green chiles bring lots of flavor to pueblo’s local food Local cuisine in Pueblo comes with a kick. Its most famous ingredient, the green chile, has found its way into restaurants and roadside farm stands throughout the city. By Barbara Biehler Chiles


get em’ while they’re hot

grab a Grinder

Buy fresh Pueblo-grown chiles at roadside farm stands scattered around the city from mid-August through October. Local food manufacturer Mira Sol Chile Corp., located only minutes north of downtown, also offers a variety of products made from red and green Pueblo chiles. Pick up a few jars of fire-roasted green or red chiles or one of their homemade salsas, and then download a unique recipe to try – like the Pueblo Chile Caviar – from the company’s website.

Italian-sausage grinder sandwiches, often comprising grilled sausage, cheese, lettuce and tomato, are another tasty local favorite and can be found on the menus of more than 20 restaurants around town.

Spicy Symbol

Green chiles are not just a food staple in Pueblo; they are part of the city’s identity and cultural heritage. This enduring symbol of agricultural success is celebrated every year during the annual Loaf ‘N Jug Chile & Frijoles Festival, sponsored by the Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce, promoting locally grown mirasol chile peppers and pinto beans. The three-day festival, which takes place in the downtown area and draws more than 100,000 people annually, features cooking competitions, a farmers market and more, revolving around the city’s most beloved green vegetable.


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“I used to stop in Gray’s Coors Tavern with my grandpa (Harold Shaner) to get a beer for him and a Shirley Temple for me before we went fishing. We’d always get a Thermos full of green chili, and some oyster crackers for me. This was like 40ish years ago and I still can taste the local fire-roasted chiles and pork stewing in my belly. Man, that stuff would keep my belly warm on the coldest days fishing the Arkansas River.” Roy Bowe, Yelp Sloppers

burger in a bowl Pueblo’s ubiquitous green chile is one of the main ingredients in a local favorite called a slopper. Sloppers, open-face cheeseburgers served in a bowl and smothered in spicy green chili sauce, were the focus of a recent episode of Travel Channel’s Food Wars, in which two Pueblo restaurants, Gray’s Coors Tavern and Sunset Inn, vied for the title of “Best Slopper.” Both restaurants serve well-known versions of this local specialty; in fact, 27 different restaurants around town feature their own special take on Pueblo’s wellknown favorite. For something different, try the Thunder Humper at Gold Dust Saloon, a distinctive slopper smothered with green chile, cheese, onions and mounds of crispy French fries. Check out more great places to eat in Pueblo at

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Things To Do: arts & culture

Steel City Art Works

Steel City Art Works, a cooperative gallery located in the Union Avenue Historic District, uses a hands-on approach, with many of its 35 member artists working in the store and attending local events to promote their work. Shoppers at the gallery will find many artful creations in watercolor, oils, pottery, jewelry and more.

Creative Culture

artistic inspiration comes at almost every turn Pueblo’s colorful culture is on display around almost every turn. Whether it’s in a gallery or museum at an event or on a stage, finding inspiration comes easily here. By Jessica Walker

“My boyfriend (now fiance) brought me out to Weisbrod Aircraft Museum to ‘buy a video and look at the B29’... While there, he proposed! The museum staff are great and helped make the day so special for us!” Crystal Hamby, Facebook


Museums and Historic Sites

learn about pueblo’s past To see where Pueblo began, visit El Pueblo History Museum, which showcases the city’s history and the region’s various cultural and ethnic groups. The museum includes the re-creation of an 1840s adobe trading post and plaza, as well as the site of the original El Pueblo trading post. Its Song of Pueblo, an oratorio by Daniel Valdez, is a live, multimedia concert that tells the city’s story through narration, music and images. The Rosemount Museum is a 37-room mansion, built in 1893 and formerly home to the John A. and Margaret Thatcher family. The mansion contains almost all its original furnishings, accessories and paintings, and is open for tours weekly from Tuesday through Saturday. The Pueblo Medal of Honor Memorial, located outside the Pueblo Convention Center on Heroes Plaza, is home to statues of Pueblo’s heroes and the names of more than 3,400 Medal of Honor recipients. Visitors can learn more about the soldiers through a computer database and display located inside the convention center.

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Festivals & Events


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Performing Arts

The Loaf ‘N Jug Chile & Frijoles Festival features music, fun and food. In addition, festival-goers can check out the works of local artisans and craftsmen. The western-themed Wild Wild West Festival offers family-friendly activities including concerts and cook-offs. While the festival is held throughout Pueblo, most events take place on the Riverwalk and in the Union Avenue Historic District. The National Street Rod Association’s Rocky Mountain Street Rod Nationals, the region’s largest street rod automotive event, is held at the Colorado State Fairgrounds each year. The Colorado State Fair features carnival rides, exhibit halls, contests and concerts. Attendees can also enjoy livestock, horse and small animal shows, parades and a rodeo. Other events throughout the year include Big Rod’s Fat Tuesday Party, Bluegrass at the Fair, Rollin on the Riverwalk, the National Little Britches Final Rodeo, and Yule Love It Downtown!, Pueblo’s holiday art and shopping crawl.

A nonprofit corporation, the Steel City Theatre Company provides quality modern productions for public enjoyment. The Damon Runyon Repertory Theater Company offers live theater, children’s theater, adult and children’s workshops, dinner theater, murder mysteries, and an art gallery.


art with an emphasis Three One Three Gallery on Union Street exhibits and sells reproductions of original artwork and photography that showcases the history of Pueblo. Fine art reproduction printing operation Giclee Print Net owns and operates the gallery.




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“My boyfrien d, Derek, brought me out to (Weisbrod Aircraft Museum) to ‘buy video and look a B29’... While at the there, he proposed ! The museum staff are great and helped make the day so special for us!” CRYSTAL HAMBY, FACEBOOK



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Historic Sites




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Things To Do: sports & recreation

Always Good Sports

recreation ranges from great golf to cheering on championships There’s plenty to do in Pueblo, whether you’re playing a sport, exercising at a local park or simply filling stands to root on favorite teams and athletes. By Kevin Litwin Parks & Fields


opportunities to get active

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Dogs and their owners love City Bark at City Park, a 2.5-acre facility where pups can roam free inside a fence. The area opened in 2008 and is located at the west end of City Park between two softball fields. Hours are 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Runyon Field is home to two high school-size baseball fields and two junior-size diamonds, and is just east of Interstate 25 off the Santa Fe exit, north of Runyon Lake. It was established in 1938 and named in honor of former Pueblo resident and noted newspaperman Damon Runyon.

The city completed a $1.1 million improvement project in 2012 at the Pueblo Motorsports Park. Upgrades to the popular racing facility included repaving the drag strip, as well as the 2.2-mile road course and the entrance road, and adding new bleachers for fans. NCAA Sports

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City Park

Pueblo’s sizable City Park is home to 12 kiddie rides that include a train and a carousel that dates back to 1911, and the Pueblo Zoo, with more than 420 animals. An 18-hole disc golf course opened in 1999 in the park’s northwestern corner.


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Pueblo served as host city for the 2012 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships, the 2012 NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships, and, in November 2011, an NCAA Division II football playoff game. Those three athletic competitions provided more than $3.5 million in economic impact to the local region. The events were staged at Colorado State UniversityPueblo, which is impressive, given that none of those sports existed at CSU-Pueblo until the 2008-2009 school year. Officials estimate that all 2,200 hotel rooms in the Pueblo area were used to house athletes and officials from around the country throughout the three competitions.

Golf courses Pueblo golfers choose from several great local courses, such as Desert Hawk at Pueblo West, Elmwood Golf Course, Pueblo Country Club and Walking Stick Golf Course. Desert Hawk, open since 1969, is challenging at 7,368 yards, while the par 70 Elmwood course is rated one of the best-conditioned cityowned venues in the state. Pueblo Country Club has been an 18-hole golf landmark in southern Colorado since it opened in 1903, while Walking Stick was rated four stars by Golf Digest magazine.

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The 32-acre Historic Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo in the heart of downtown draws plenty of tourists, but it also serves residents for exercise, as a festival area and concert venue. See more photos that showcase Pueblo’s great quality of life at co/photos-video.

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Union Avenue Historic buildings occupied by restaurants, shops and apartments line the streets of Union Avenue in downtown Pueblo. The Union Avenue Historic District is part of a new visitor destination in the heart of Pueblo called the Creative Corridor, which also includes the Historic Arkansas Riverwalk and the Pueblo Convention Center.


f the mirasol chile (artfully used by local restaurateurs to create the crowd-pleasing green-chile slopper) helps put Pueblo on the tourist map now, how about five future reasons to visit the hub of southern Colorado: wrestling and swim meets, nationally touring Broadway productions, bull-riding lessons and more art galleries. With the help of state Economic Development Office funding ($8,000 to the Pueblo Performing Arts Guild to help promote a “Creative District” and $14.8 million to the city as part of a separate Regional Tourism Act application), planning that has been in the works for several years will soon be under construction. The Creative Corridor Susan Fries, executive director of the Pueblo Performing Arts Guild, leads a project to rebrand downtown as the Pueblo Creative Corridor. The area encompasses the 1.1-mile footprint already established for the city’s popular First Friday Artwalk, she says. The three-block stretch covers three downtown districts: Mesa Junction, the literary and publishing district featuring the Robert Hoag Rawlings

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Veteran’s Bridge

Veterans’ Bridge at Gateway Park opened in November 2010. The bridge has engravings of names honoring 6,000 Pueblo veterans and active duty military members in all branches of the services.

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Public Library and three independent bookstores; historic Union Avenue, where you’ll find art galleries, boutiques and the 1.5-mile Historic Arkansas Riverwalk Project; and Main Street, the working-class district, with brew pubs, coffee shops, government buildings and the Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center. Gallery space has doubled in the past two years, says Fries, who is researching ways to increase business in the newly christened corridor. Once she

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identifies space and can locate business partners, plans call for more artist residency as well. “We hope to increase the economic impact using creative industry (artists, architects, designers, food crafters, software developers, etc.),” which, she says, “is the fifthlargest industry segment in Colorado.” Riverwalk Updates RTA funding will be used to further develop the area surrounding the Riverwalk, says

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Kristi Alfonso of the Pueblo City Center Partnership, who works with the city to solicit new business and promote the RTA project. Phase 1, under construction in 2014, includes renovating the 1,500-seat Memorial Hall Theater to bring more touring Broadway shows and live concerts downtown. It will also encompass expansion of the Pueblo Convention Center and a new expo hall, working with the Professional Bull Riders Association to build the Professional Bull Riding University and Arena and developing a 100-room hotel. In Phase 2, a welcome center and new boathouse goes up at the Riverwalk. Phase 3, to be completed by 2020, includes construction of a regional aquatic center and water park. “We’re all working together to create density … and we’re expecting to see thousands of new

visitors coming to Pueblo because of it,” Alfonso says. The bull-riding arena alone could attract an additional 30,000 out-of-state and foreign visitors, according to the RTA application. Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Rod Slyhoff says he’s been pitching the new and expanded version of Pueblo already to meeting planners nationwide. He envisions lots of meetings, indoor volleyball tournaments, wrestling meets and swimming competitions in Pueblo’s future. “What we’re doing [at the expo hall, for example] concentrates the facilities and housing all under one roof and makes us more marketable,” he says.  by Jackie Dishner  by staff photographers Brian McCord and Jeff Adkins D i g i ta l E d i t i o n P re s e n ted By Par k v i e w M ed i ca l C e n ter



Home of Heroes

The Pueblo Convention Center built the “Home of Heroes” Congressional Medal of Honor Memorial Plaza in honor of Pueblo’s four Congressional Medal of Honor recipients. The recipients commemorated in bronze statues, situated at the entrance to the convention center, are Drew D. Dix, Raymond G. “Jerry” Murphy, William J. Crawford and Carl L. Sitter.


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‘Home of Heroes’ nickname much deserved


ave you ever eaten an Abraham Lincoln sandwich? A Martin Luther King, Jr. hoagie? A John F. Kennedy sub?

Paul Jones is a Pueblo native and retired U.S. Navy veteran who got tired of being retired, so he began traveling on vacation back East about 10 years ago. He stopped at several restaurants along the way where sandwiches called heroes were served. “I wanted to bring the hero sandwich idea back to Pueblo, especially with the city’s military tradition and attention to patriotic heroism,” Jones says. “So I opened Paul’s Great American Heroes sandwich shop in February 2008, and recently added a second location.” The buildings are painted red, white and blue, and have a Medal of Honor insignia painted on the exterior. Numerous military artifacts are featured inside. “The sandwiches are all named for American heroes, with the Paul Bunyan being the biggest,” Jones says. “The restaurants have been a great success. I think many of my customers appreciate the patriotic theme.”

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Push for Patriotism A real community push for patriotic recognition in Pueblo began in the late 1990s when Pueblo Chieftain owner and publisher Bob Rawlings proposed an initiative to honor four Pueblo natives who were Medal of Honor recipients. A Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration awarded by the U.S. government to American troops who distinguish themselves above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action against the enemy. “In 1999, artist David Dirrim was commissioned to sculpt four 8.5-foot-tall bronze statues depicting our four Medal of Honor recipients, and the unveilings occurred in 2001 in the Heroes Plaza in front of the Pueblo Convention Center,” says Paulette Stuart, who serves as the board secretary for the Pueblo Home of Heroes Association. The four honorees are William J. Crawford (Army), Drew D. Dix (Army), Carl L. Sitter (Marines) and Raymond G. “Jerry” Murphy (Marines). “We invited all 147 Medal of Honor recipients from throughout the United States to attend the 2001 unveiling, and 97 were able to be here,” Stuart says. “Today in Pueblo, we have many veterans’ organizations and would like them to help bring more military events and conventions to Pueblo. We are close to Fort Carson, Air Force Academy, Peterson Field and many attractions for visitors in Pueblo itself.” Bridge of Names Those military-based Pueblo attractions include the Vietnam War Memorial, the Center for American Values and the Veterans’ Bridge. “Veterans’ Bridge is a pedestrian bridge that opened in November 2010 to honor Pueblo armed services personnel by having their names engraved on this impressive structure,” says Lynn Clark, who serves as the development director for the Historic Arkansas

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Paul’s Great American Heroes shops bear murals and other decorations honoring local and national heroes. Owner Paul Jones opened the first restaurant in 2008.

Riverwalk of Pueblo. “The bridge spans the Arkansas River in our downtown area and is illuminated at night, and it has 6,000 names engraved that honor Pueblo military veterans from the Civil War up to the present.” Clark says every time she is downtown and looks at the bridge, she sees people walking along the expanse and examining the engraved names. “It honors all branches of services, from retired veterans to active duty, and is especially nice because multiple veterans from the same families are grouped together, so their names are easier to find,” she says. “And we have 800 spaces remaining on the bridge to engrave the names of Pueblo military heroes who will be protecting America in the future.”  by Kevin Litwin  by staff photographer Brian McCord

“Today in Pueblo, we have many veterans’ organizations and would like them to help bring more military events and conventions to Pueblo. We are close to Fort Carson, Air Force Academy, Peterson Field and many attractions for visitors in Pueblo itself.” Paulette Stuart, Pueblo Home of Heroes Association Board Secretary

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LIVING: Education

Apples for the Students District 70 invests heavily in technology

Pueblo School District 70 made technology headlines in 2012 by spending $6.9 million to purchase 600 MacBook Air computers for high school teachers, 3,000 for high school students, and 1,800 iPad tablets for pre-K through grade 8 students. The district also bought 300 iMac desktop computers. School officials say the Apple products will allow students to be more academically creative and better at problem-solving. Public Schools

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Higher education

While Pueblo School District 70 is the largest geographical school district in Colorado, educating more than 8,000 Pueblo County students, an additional 18,000 students attend Pueblo City Schools, formerly known as District 60. This school system includes four high schools, five middle schools and 19 elementary schools in addition to two K-8 schools and three international magnet schools.

Students in Pueblo benefit from the presence of three proprietary schools, Colorado Technical University, Intellitec and the University of Phoenix. Colorado Technical University offers programs in business and management, criminal justice and legal studies, health sciences, and information systems and technology. Intellitec’s Pueblo location offers career programs in medicine and dentistry, cosmetology, and auto technology. University of Phoenix operates a Student Resource Center in Pueblo that provides a learning environment and services to students enrolled in courses online or at its Colorado Springs campus. Charter Schools


Colorado State University-Pueblo

CSU-Pueblo, with more than 5,000 students, offers 28 undergraduate and eight graduate programs in four separate schools. It is one of only seven colleges in the U.S. offering a degree in mechatronics, which combines electrical and mechanical engineering.


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Pueblo is home to the Cesar Chavez Network of charter schools, which includes Chavez Huerta Academy and the Connect Charter School in District 70. Chavez Huerta Academy is a public K-12 school that has won multiple awards and achievements, while the Connect Charter School, for middle grades, makes multiple “best of” lists. Learn more about education in Pueblo at

Pueblo Community College

PCC is a two-year public school with more than 8,000 students. It offers programs for students transferring to four-year colleges, and several technical programs. The campus recently underwent a $10 million upgrade and expanded its student center, which reopened in September 2012. Meanwhile, PCC’s Community Education programs provide lifestyle enrichment programs at a reduced rate for students age 55 and over. The Pueblo Early College dual-enrollment program allows high school students to earn college credit while completing their high school educations.

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LIVING: Health

Big City Services, Small Town Care Pueblo hospitals ensure great health care for southern Colorado

Award-winning health care is right at home in southeastern Colorado, where Pueblo’s Parkview Medical Center and St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center provide comprehensive care for families. By Melanie Kilgore-Hill


St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center Part of Centura Health, Colorado’s largest hospital and health-care network, St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center provides leading-edge technology and treatment options. The hospital is Pueblo’s first to offer an accredited Breast Center of Excellence and Breast Imaging Center of Excellence. And The Birth Place at St. Mary-Corwin has delivered more babies than any other hospital in southern Colorado. St. Mary-Corwin also was the area’s first to offer da Vinci® robotic technology. Minimally invasive robot-assisted surgery means less pain, blood loss and down time for patients, while surgeons have increased visibility, mobility and access to the surgical site. The hospital also is a leader in oncology, thanks to the Dorcy Cancer Center at St. Mary-Corwin. The only fully comprehensive cancer program in southern Colorado, the Dorcy Cancer Center features the state’s first radiation oncology program accredited by the American College of Radiology and an award-winning head and neck cancer program.


Parkview Medical Center Pueblo’s Parkview Medical Center has treated patients in and around Pueblo County since 1923. The locally owned hospital provides cardiac, women’s, emergency and neurological services as well as behavioral health programs. In 2012, U.S. News and World Report ranked Parkview Medical Center as high-performing in nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, and pulmonology. PMC also was ranked in the top 10 hospitals in Colorado and the best hospitals in southeastern Colorado, and was the only medical center south of Denver recognized as high-performing in specialty areas. Among PMC’s newest additions is the outpatient Parkview Adult Medicine Clinic, which opened in 2012 as part of PMC’s internal medicine residency program. Parkview Adult Medicine Clinic is staffed by first- and second-year physicians, veteran physicians and nurse practitioners, and features 16 state-of-the-art exam rooms, a lab, insurance counseling and all the resources and specialties available at Parkview Medical Center. In the community, local businesses benefit from Parkview Medical Center’s Mobile Nurse Program, which brings affordable employee health programs, education and screenings to businesses in southern Colorado.

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Pueblo Union Depot

Formerly a railroad depot station, the Pueblo Union Depot was designed to handle heavy traffic. This Richardsonian Romanesque style building, which was completed in 1890, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975. See more photos that showcase Pueblo’s unique offerings at co/photos-video.


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Steel City

Formerly known as the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company, Pueblo’s Evraz Rocky Mountain Steel Mills is a specialty mini mill producing a variety of steel products including rail, seamless pipe and coiled reinforcing bars. Also located in Pueblo, Midwest Fabrication & Steel has been supplying structural steel components and erection services since World War II, and also helped to construct one of the state’s landmarks, the Royal Gorge Bridge.

Business Booms in Pueblo

Pueblo’s businesses continue to thrive in a successful climate Pueblo is home to a variety of booming businesses, from steel suppliers to tortilla manufacturers. By Jessica Walker

“Through the years, the steel mills attracted a diverse group of people to the area, and there are many fourthgeneration families of steel workers here.” Tim Hawkins, Steelworks Museum Archivist



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Situated about five miles from the Central Business District of Pueblo, Pueblo Airport is used for commercial passenger flights, as well as charter, military and business travel by based and visiting aircraft, plus recreational and general aviation flights and flight training. The airport also offers nonstop service to the Denver International Airport, which is 40 miles away, twice each day.

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A private, not-for-profit organization, the Pueblo Economic Development Corporation (PEDCO) works to promote the Pueblo area to relocating or expanding businesses. In addition, PEDCO strives to attract, retain and expand jobs in the community. The organization has recruited several Fortune 500 firms.

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Business Spotlight Orange Skye Day Spa Relax at Orange Skye Day Spa, a full-service spa that provides everything from full body massages and facials to manicures and pedicures. OrangeSkyeDaySpa

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Top Employers

Major Employers and Other Notable Companies Headquartered in Pueblo, Professional Bull Riders Inc. was created in 1992 and now consists of more than 1,200 bull riders from the United States, Australia, Brazil, Canada and Mexico. One of Convergys many locations in the United States is in Pueblo, where employees strive to help clients decrease costs while also recruiting, servicing and retaining customers. With a location in Pueblo, Trane Company is a world leader in air conditioning systems, services and solutions, working to keep clients comfortable in their homes. Based in Texas, Mission Foods has a plant in Pueblo that manufactures corn, flour, wheat and flavored tortillas, as well as a variety of tortillarelated products. Founded in 1984 and working to assist with customers’ brand strategies, Innotrac Corp. has built its fulfillment, distribution and customer care center in Pueblo. A human service agency, Pueblo Diversified Industries Inc. strives to help disabled individuals, offering a variety of employment opportunities, as well as life enrichment programs.

Business Park

Minnequa Park This 4,700-acre industrial park is located south of Pueblo, and is adjacent to both Interstate 25 and two major rail lines, the Union Pacific and Burlington Northern. Created by PEDCO, Minnequa Park was designed to fill a hole in the area’s available industrial space. A variety of businesses have relocated or expanded in the park, such as Vestas Windtowers of America, a Denmark-based company that produces wind turbines. Vestas recently chose Minnequa Park as the location for the world’s largest manufacturing plant for wind turbine towers.

Joe Tomato Italian Market is a market and deli that serves up everyday Italian favorites, fresh meats and cheeses, and a selection of pastas, jams and classic candies. JoeTomato

Located in the Union Avenue Historic District, this local coffee shop, deli and bakery draws patrons with its cool vibe, artsy atmosphere, community service and of course, a selection of tasty brews and bites.

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Pueblo’s oldest industry positions it for growth


ueblo’s beauty can be found in the hills, water and land. The natural resources that attracted people to its idyllic scenery also attracted businesses, giving Pueblo its nickname “Steel City.”

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Its History In 1872, William Jackson Palmer, a railroad magnate from Pennsylvania, organized the Central Colorado Improvement Company to build a railroad from Denver to the Rio Grande. In Pueblo, Palmer found all the raw materials he needed to manufacture steel rails – water from the Arkansas River, significant coal deposits south and west of the city, limestone, and iron from mines in nearby valleys and mountains. In 1881 he founded the Colorado Coal and Iron Company in Pueblo, which became the first integrated steel mill west of the Mississippi River. The area’s resources attracted other steel-manufacturing entrepreneurs. In 1892, Palmer and a competitor, Charles Osgood of the Colorado Fuel Company, merged to create Colorado Fuel & Iron (CF&I). In the more than 100 years that followed, CF&I had several financial ups and downs. In 1993, while going through bankruptcy, it was acquired by Oregon Steel Mills

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The old steel mill next to the Steelworks Museum of Industry and Culture is still in production today in Pueblo.

and renamed Rocky Mountain Steel Mills. Yet, during this time, the plant never stopped operating. Modern-Day Pueblo In 2006, EVRAZ Group, one of Russia’s biggest steel producers, bought Rocky Mountain Steel Mills. EVRAZ Pueblo is the number-one producer of rail in North America. Today, instead of using natural resources, steel manufacturing recycles old cars, filing cabinets, rails and other scrap. EVRAZ Pueblo is the largest recycler in Colorado, processing the equivalent of more than a million cars in its facility each year. Still going strong, EVRAZ Pueblo celebrated its 140th anniversary in 2012, and is undergoing multimillion-dollar operational upgrades at its facility. “This latest investment will greatly improve quality and product development capabilities and expand capacity by more than ten percent,” says Ben Lutze, who serves as vice president and general manager of EVRAZ Pueblo. “The investments will help ensure we are ready to meet the growing demands of the

country’s infrastructure, especially those of the North American rail companies as they continually expand their networks.” As one of the largest steelproducing cities in the United States, Pueblo’s rich history is preserved by the Steelworks Museum of Industry and Culture, which houses the historic CF&I archives. Museum visitors can expect to find corporate records, films, photos, maps, drawings, artifacts and other items from the CF&I collection. “Pueblo stayed true to its roots and grew up to be a manufacturing town – and still is,” says Steelworks Museum archivist Tim Hawkins. “Through the years, the steel mills attracted a diverse group of people to the area, and there are many fourth-generation families of steel workers here.” Pueblo continues to attract new companies, such as Vestas Towers America, which opened the world’s largest wind tower manufacturing plant in Pueblo in 2010.  by Stephanie Vozza  by staff photographer Jeff Adkins

Pueblo’s steel producing legacy is about to get even more impressive. pewag, one of the world’s leading heavy steel chain producers, announced in September 2012 that it has chosen Pueblo to construct its first North American manufacturing facility. The plant, scheduled to open in 2014 at Pueblo’s south entrance along I-25 on Greenhorn Drive, will span 55,000 square feet and create 55 manufacturing jobs. pewag is an Austrian company whose history dates back to 1479. Its three main product lines are traction or snow chains, industrial chains and tire protection chains, and its innovations include the Grade 120 Chain – the world’s strongest chain. “Why did pewag choose Pueblo? There are many reasons, but here are a few,” says Mike Uhrenbacher, pewag USA president. “Access to the supply chain, skilled and qualified workforce, training capabilities with Pueblo Community College, tireless support from Pueblo Economic Development Corporation, and economic incentives from the City of Pueblo.” Uhrenbacher adds that the company wanted to grow sales in the West, and the plant’s proximity to steel producers Davis Wire and EVRAZ Rocky Mountain Steel will help keep costs down.

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Nine chamber staffers help oversee too many events to list Phyllis Samora says nobody really knows how many events the Greater Pueblo Chamber staff oversees each year. “It’s really too many to count,” says Samora, the Chamber’s vice president. “Our staff of nine isn’t large, but everyone loves their job. We work for our Chamber membership as well as the entire community because the Pueblo Convention & Visitors Council is another part of what we do.” Besides organizing normal Chamber events such as breakfast meetings, after-hours business gettogethers and summer concerts, the staff begins each year by coordinating and hosting a huge Chamber Membership Banquet Dinner. Another key celebration in the early part of the year is an annual Fat Tuesday Party. “One year, we remodeled our Chamber building and wanted to host a fun event such as Fat Tuesday,” Samora says. “It became so popular that it outgrew our building, so now the party occurs at Pueblo Convention Center with the entire community invited.” Street Rods and Rodeos Other top activities the Chamber backs are a Small Business Awards Luncheon in April, a Wild Wild West Festival in May, which is sanctioned by the Professional Bull Riders, and a National Street Rod Association Car Show in June that brings 2,000 hot rods to Pueblo. “The car owners also bring their families, so about 5,000 people book every hotel room in Pueblo during that weekend,” Samora says. The Chamber also helps with the week-long National Little Britches Rodeo every July and in August the Colorado State Fair. “We host a Legislative Barbecue at the State Fair so that government officials can talk to all our

members on a one-on-one basis, then the following day our staff puts on the Colorado State Fair Parade,” Samora says. “The next day, we host a Military Appreciation Luncheon. The fair spans 11 days, and the Chamber is on the grounds every day to manage an information booth.”

the right place. When someone calls us, no matter what the question is, we never say ‘I don’t know.’ We will always track down the answer. We do a lot at the Pueblo Chamber – all nine of us.”  by Kevin Litwin

Have a Pothole? Meanwhile, in September the Chamber hosts a three-day Loaf ‘N Jug Chile & Frijoles Festival that is known around the state. “We are all about service to our membership and the Pueblo community,” Samora says. “For example, if someone calls our office telling us about a pothole in front of their yard, we will refer them to

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32 Colorado Lottery

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