Pueblo Colorado, the Steel City
Pueblo has long been known as the Steel City for its steel mills. | Photo by Jimmy Changa / flickr.com

By Sue Deans

Pueblo, located where the Arkansas River meets Fountain Creek about 100 miles south of downtown Denver, is the county seat of Pueblo County and home to some 100,000 people.

The self-described “Steel City” was long a major producer of steel. Visitors enjoy the river walk in the Union Avenue Historic Commercial District.

A noted native son is newspaperman Damon Runyon, who often mentioned Pueblo in his columns. Other famous residents include Dutch Clark, the first Coloradan in the NFL Hall of Fame; four Medal of Honor recipients – Drew D. Dix, Raymond G. Murphy, William J. Crawford, and Carl L. Sitter – more per capita in this “Home of Heroes” than any other city in the United States; and comedian Dan Rowan of “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In,” who after being orphaned at 11, lived at the McClelland Home and graduated from Central High School in Pueblo.

Pueblo is home to the Colorado State Fair, held each year in late August-early September. Other notable events are the Rocky Mountain Street Rod Nationals, and the Wild West Fest sponsored by the Professional Bull Riders.

More Pueblo
Pueblo history

“Must-see” attractions
Colorado State Fair
Historic Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo
Steelworks Museum of Industry and Culture

More attractions
El Pueblo History Museum
Lake Pueblo State Park
Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum
Pueblo Zoo
Rocky Mountain Street Rod Nationals
Rosemount Museum
Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center
Wild Wild West Fest

Pueblo facts
Population: 106,595 (2010 Census).
Land area: 45.4 square miles.
County: Pueblo (Pueblo is county seat).
Altitude: 4,662 feet above sea level.
Climate: Warm summers, cold winters and low humidity, with abundant sunshine year-round. Annual precipitation of 11 inches, including average snowfall of 10 inches. January averages: high 42, low 12. July averages: high 90, low 57. More weather >>