Category Archives: History

Plans Are Underway To Restore Pueblo’s Historic Keating School

Pueblo’s Keating School is now on both the National Register of Historic Places and the state’s register. Plans are in the works to give new life to the nearly century-old brick building that’s been unused since 2009. Read more at krcc.org

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How One Of Colorado’s Worst Natural Disasters Reshaped Pueblo

The Arkansas River doesn’t seem threatening as it ripples past Pueblo’s historic district. But in early June of 1921, it was a very different story. That’s when days of heavy rains combined with mountain snowmelt to catastrophic results. Listen to … Continue reading

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Boomtimes And Declines Shape Pueblo, Colorado’s Most Iconic Industry

Steel has been part of the soul of Pueblo almost since the city’s incorporation 150 years ago. From the late 1800s through much of the 20th century, Pueblo was home to Colorado Fuel and Iron, at one point the state’s … Continue reading

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Colorado Elected The Nation’s First Female Lawmakers, One Of Them Was The First Woman To Draft And Pass A Bill

In 1895, one of the hottest debates at the Colorado statehouse was over a very intimate subject: at what age should a woman, or girl, be legally able to consent to sex? Leading the charge to raise Colorado’s age of … Continue reading

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Lost Glory: The Story Of Pueblo’s Once-Great Mineral Palace

An ornate iron arch stretches across the brown sandstone entrance to Pueblo’s Mineral Palace Gardens. Inside the 57 acre park next to I-25, geese swim on the small lake while people stroll past big trees. Besides the name of the … Continue reading

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From The Tricolour To The Lone Star, Why Do So Many Flags Fly Over Pueblo, Colorado?

The narrow domed tower of Pueblo City Hall rises above the shops and eateries on historic Union Avenue and the nearby Arkansas Riverwalk. Inside the imposing century-old building, the official city seal presides above the council chambers, embedded in the … Continue reading

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Historic Entrance Restored To Pueblo City Park

City Park on Pueblo’s west side now has a newly restored historic entrance. Photos and story at krcc.org

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How National Forest Recreation Planning Got Its Start In Southern Colorado 100 Years Ago

A century ago the U.S. Forest Service’s first landscape architect argued for protecting wilderness, but that didn’t stop him from also making it easier to drive into the nation’s forests. Arthur Carhart wrote the agency’s first recreation plan and completed … Continue reading

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“They tried to make do as best they could.” #Walsenburg, Colo. Historian Reflects On The Great Depression And Today’s Pandemic

As part of KRCC’s Shortening the Distance project, producer Shanna Lewis got in touch with historian Carolyn Newman. She’s 88 years old and has lived in the same house in Walsenburg for 60 years. Listen at krcc.org

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Once Listed In Green Book, Pueblo’s Coronado Motel Gains National Historic Status

The 1940s Coronado Motel in south Pueblo was once included the Negro Traveler’s Green Book, now the well preserved Pueblo Revival-style lodge is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. See photos and read more at krcc.org

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