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Pueblo West
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By car

Pueblo is located on Interstate Highway 25, about 45 miles south of Colorado Springs, 120 miles south of Denver, and 100 miles north of the New Mexico border. US Route 50 connects Pueblo to points east and west.

By air

Pueblo Memorial Airport has commuter service from Denver.

Colorado Springs Airport is the closest full-service airport.

Key places to visit
Pueblo County, Buell Children’s Museum, The Steel Mill, Former Hotel Vail, Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Pueblo


Places to Visit

Pueblo County is the tenth most populous of the 64 counties of the state of Colorado of the United States. The county was named for the historic city of Pueblo which took its name from the Spanish language word meaning "town" or "village". The United States Census Bureau estimates that the county population was 154,712 in 2007, a 9.36% increase from U.S. Census 2000. The county seat is the Pueblo. The Pueblo Metropolitan Statistical Area comprises Pueblo County.

Buell Children’s Museum, 210 N Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, Colorado 81003,  The nation’s No. 2 ranked Children’s Art Museum, according to Child Magazine, is here in Pueblo. This 12,000-square-foot, two-level facility offers innovative, hands-on exhibits focusing on the arts, science and history for people ages one to 101.

The Steel Mill, The main industry in Pueblo for most of its history was the Colorado Fuel and Iron (CF&I) steel mill on the south side of town. The steel-market crash of 1982 led to the decline of the company. After going through several bankruptcies, the company was acquired by Oregon Steel Mills and recently changed its name to Rocky Mountain Steel Mills. Since the acquisition, the company has been plagued with labor problems, mostly due to accusations of unfair labor practices. The problems culminated with a major strike in 1997, leading to most of the workforce being replaced.

Former Hotel Vail, The defunct Hotel Vail in downtown Pueblo (completed 1910) represents the second Renaissance Revival style of architecture. Named for John E. Vail, a Pueblo newspaperman, it was once considered the most modern hotel west of Chicago, Illinois.

Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Pueblo, In October 1860, Fr. Projectus Machebeuf, and Fr. J.B. Raverdy began the 400-mile journey from Santa Fe, New Mexico, north into Colorado Territory. Months later they arrived at the Arkansas River, at the present site of the city of Pueblo. Initially the priests celebrated mass in the homes of local Catholics, then they began to hold public services in the old Courthouse on 3rd and Santa Fe Avenue, until finally a proper church was established on 13th and West Streets. In 1873 it was the first parish in Pueblo, and it was called, St. Ignatius.


Right Time to Visit

January - March
November - December