Despite census counts that are frequently in line with other immigrant groups, the Irish in Pueblo are little mentioned despite their early contributions. Irish immigrants filled the rolls of local service groups, worked in the mill and in nearby mines and famously helped to build the railroads across our state, yet go largely without notice 364 days of the year.
Early stereotypes of Irish immigrants might have played a role in minimizing their public presence. As early as 1879, the local paper called a “shanty shoe dealer” to task, denouncing his printing and placement of a sign reading: “No Irish Need Apply” in his store window.
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