Pueblo Museums and Historic Sites
Featuring art created by local, regional and nationally recognized artists, theÂ Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference CenterÂ includes a three-building complex with six galleries, as well as theÂ Buell Childrenâs Museum. Both are anchor arts sites along the Pueblo Creative Corridor, which has been designated a certified Colorado Creative District and the state’s largest.
Several attractions also teach history lessons. The Steelworks MuseumÂ offers a variety of exhibits related to the Colorado Fuel and Iron Corp. Guests can enjoy artifacts, photos, activities and educational programs.
TheÂ Rosemount MuseumÂ is a 37-room mansion, built in 1893 and formerly home to the John A. and Margaret Thatcher family. The mansion contains almost all of its original furnishings, accessories and paintings.
Preserving, restoring and displaying military aircraft and artifacts, theÂ Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum offers more than 100 display cases and exhibits.
Featuring tour guides dressed in period clothing,Â Bentâs Old Fort National Historic SiteÂ allows guests to take a trip back in time as historians work to recreate the past.
Take the Walk of Valor to learn more about why Pueblo is called “Home of Heroes.” Start at theÂ Pueblo Medal of Honor Memorial, located outside the Convention Center on Heroes Plaza, which features statues of each of Puebloâs four Medal of Honor recipients as well as the names of more than 3,400 Medal of Honor recipients. Move on to the USS Pueblo Memorial and the Peter C. Lemon Rose Garden.
Then, cross Veterans Bridge, a pedestrian bridge over the Arkansas Riverwalk that bears the names of 6,000 Pueblo military veterans. Stop at Zebulon Pike Plaza, then step down to the Center for American Values, to view the Portraits of Valor photo collection of more than 140 Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients. The recently renovated Memorial Hall, dedicated in 1919 by U.S. President Woodrow Wilson in his final public speech before suffering a stroke.
Pueblo Festivals & Events
TheÂ Loaf ‘N Jug Chile & Frijoles FestivalÂ is held in downtown Pueblo and features music, fun and food. Festival-goers can also enjoy the works of many local artisans and craftsmen.
A western-themed event, theÂ Wild Wild West FestivalÂ offers family-friendly activities, including concerts and cook-offs. While the festival is held throughout Pueblo, the majority of events take place on the Riverwalk and the Union Avenue Historic District.
TheÂ Colorado State FairÂ features carnival rides, exhibit halls, contests and concerts. Attendees can also enjoy livestock, horse and small animal shows, as well as parades and a rodeo.
TheÂ National Street Rod Associationâs Rocky Street Rod Nationals, which is the regionâs largest street rod automotive event, is held at the Colorado State Fairgrounds each year.
TheÂ Damon Runyon Repertory Theater CompanyÂ offers live theater, childrenâs theater, adult and childrenâs workshops, dinner theater, murder mysteries and an art gallery.
A nonprofit corporation, theÂ Southern Colorado Theatre CompanyÂ provides quality productions for public enjoyment.
Historic Arkansas River Project
TheÂ Historic Arkansas River ProjectÂ serves as a heritage tourism destination. The area, located in the heart of downtown Pueblo, includes sculptures, statutes, ceramic murals, and stone and bronze fountains.
While it may have started as a family construction project,Â Bishop CastleÂ is now a Southern Colorado tourist attraction, open from dawn until dusk seven days a week. The castle is named for Jim Bishop, the builder of the structure.
Article by: Jessica Walker forÂ livability.com