Pueblo officials say their city, 42 miles south of Colorado Springs, has more buildings on the National Register of Historic Places than any Colorado city other than Denver. If your itinerary takes you anywhere near there, consider spending an hour strolling through Pueblo’s Union Avenue Historic District and Riverwalk.
The Riverwalk was the original channel of the Arkansas River, until massive flooding diverted its course into a new channel south of downtown. A local historian told me that what’s now the Riverwalk was once the international boundary between the U.S. and Mexico; the six flags decorating the Main St. Bridge represent the various countries that governed the city over the years.
The former Union Station, at the south end of the Historic District, has been nicely restored and is now a banquet facility and office center.
Pueblo also has its modern side, including a 12,000-square foot, $3 million children’s museum, opened in summer 2000, and an adjoining conference center. The city of 104,000 has several museums and other cultural centers.
I didn't feel Pueblo's Historic District was unique enough to justify a special trip from Colorado Springs, but having been in the vicinity already, it would have been a shame to have missed seeing it.
October 15, 2001
From journal Colorado Springs: Walking Through the Garden of the Gods