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Why Pueblo?

I’m a native New Yorker who has spent the majority of his life in the city that never sleeps. The Big Frikkin’ Apple. Woohoo! Don’t get me wrong, I did love it there; but, now I live in Pueblo.

Anytime I mention that I’m from NYC, I get asked the same dumb question: “Well what the f*ck are you doing in Pueblo dude?”

Well, let me tell you… Dude.

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I LOVE it here! When I first came here I quickly realized that there is a sky. I’d heard of it, but it was something I had never seen in NYC. When I’d gaze up between towering buildings all I would ever see was this little sliver of dark and brooding clouds that threatened to soak me on my wa…

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I LOVE it here! When I first came here I quickly realized that there is a sky. I’d heard of it, but it was something I had never seen in NYC. When I’d gaze up between towering buildings all I would ever see was this little sliver of dark and brooding clouds that threatened to soak me on my way to work. Here you never see clouds. Well, except for the clouds up north, out west or down south. But never here in Pueblo. Happy sunshine town! Oh yeah, and at night there are these cool little sparkling lights. I think they’re called stars.

Next, I love the people here. They’re super friendly and there is a strong sense of community. I feel like I have many more “real” friends out here than I ever had in Manhattan. As well, there is a great arts and music scene here. My only beef is I wish more people came out to support each other’s projects and the entire Indie music scene. C’mon people – if there’s no support it will eventually disappear.

Finally… It’s really frikkin’ cheap to live out here! Let me put this into perspect…

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91 Years Later: The Flood of ’21

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By Wade Broadhead The Flood of 1921 was Pueblo’s defining tragedy, like the fire in Chicago or the Earthquake in San Francisco. It was a resonate event whose implications have rippled through Pueblo’s history to the current day. Our town’s development can be easily split into pre- and post-flood periods. In the wake of a horrible 1918 pandemic, WWI, …

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By Wade Broadhead
The Flood of 1921 was Pueblo’s defining tragedy, like the fire in Chicago or the Earthquake in San Francisco. It was a resonate event whose implications have rippled through Pueblo’s history to the current day. Our town’s development can be easily split into pre- and post-flood periods. In the wake of a horrible 1918 pandemic, WWI, a severe 1920 recession and angst over immigration, the 1920s looked brighter for Pueblo; it couldn’t be much worse than what the city had recently experienced. Union Avenue, the commercial corridor, was giving way to Main Street, the Roaring Commercial Canyon. The world was Pueblo’s oyster and better days were ahead.

Then on June 3, 1921, the sirens rang out and people fled to higher ground – though many did not, believing the recently completed taller levee would save them. We know now it did not and over 100 people died.

Much has been written about the flood, but little about its impact on the built environment. Visitors can see the high-water mark (14 feet in some places downtown) on the Union Depot and what was then a newly-built City Hall. However, many do not know that the flood wiped out the low-lying Grove neighborhood, a tight ethnic enclave with three different nationality churches within a couple of blocks.

The flood displaced not only survivors but also their homes. Humanity (as well as its built environment) was much more mobile in 1920. The Russian Orthodox Church steeple, which is framed in the famous photo lying in the center of…

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Pleasure Discing

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As a Pueblo native and former restless youth, I have vivid memories of hours spent during the late fall craving the long days of the recently passed summer, of winter mornings and melting frost-covered lawns signaling that spring was nearly within reach, and of spring afternoons spent in class eager to find myself anywhere other than school and out fre…

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As a Pueblo native and former restless youth, I have vivid memories of hours spent during the late fall craving the long days of the recently passed summer, of winter mornings and melting frost-covered lawns signaling that spring was nearly within reach, and of spring afternoons spent in class eager to find myself anywhere other than school and out free in the Southern Colorado crispness. School responsibilities aside, I still find myself unable to abstain from my favorite outdoor pursuit, disc golf at Pueblo City Park.
Located throughout the northwest section of Pueblo’s City Park, found at 800 Goodnight Avenue, 81005, the City Park Disc Golf Course offers more than just 18 holes of good-natured and challenging recreation.

Pueblo’s City Park Disc Golf Course has been recognized statewide as a ‘well thought-out parks and recreation project’ by the Colorado Lottery. It even received the Colorado Lottery Starburst award in 1999. The award is funding accrued via the lottery games that take place in the state. The winning projects, selected from a list of nominations, are reviewed by Lottery Commissioners. The Commissioners decide upon a winning project by appraising the creativity of the project, economic and social impact within the surrounding community and whether the project achieves its goal.

City Park Disc Golf Course boasts of more than statewide recognition. Our city is home to the third oldest disc golf course in the nation, established in 1978. The Pueblo City Park Disc Golf Course is also a member of the Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA), acknowledged internationally throughout the domain of disc golf. Along with being a member of the PDGA, our course has hosted the Colorado Disc Sports Association’s (CDSA) championships. The CDSA is a non-profit organization that encourages participation in disc sports in Colorado. The CDSA is proud to be celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2012.

It…

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No Laughing Matter

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Someone once said, “Records are made to be broken.” If you ask Pueblo resident Stephen Smith, a professional clown and juggler of 13 years, he might tell you some records have yet to be set. That is exactly what the 36 year-old Atlanta native intends to do on April 6th when he attempts to set a world record b…

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Someone once said, “Records are made to be broken.” If you ask Pueblo resident Stephen Smith, a professional clown and juggler of 13 years, he might tell you some records have yet to be set. That is exactly what the 36 year-old Atlanta native intends to do on April 6th when he attempts to set a world record by standing/walking on a 48-inch giant plastic ball known as a Walking Globe for 24 hours straight.

The idea came to him in September 2011 while working an event on the Walking Globe. A passerby asked him what was the longest he had ever stood and juggled on the ball? “‘Twelve hours,’ I told him,” remembers Smith. “Wouldn’t it be cool if you could do 24?” was the response, and so an idea was born.

“When you hear about all of the negative stuff going on in the world and the economy, you hear people say we will never recover from this. It makes me think now is the perfect time for something like this. A simple thing can change the world.”

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