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Pueblo, CO (Population: 103,495)

Pueblo Colorado is located in Pueblo County in southern Colorado at the confluence of Fountain Creek and the Arkansas River, and is known as "home rule" municipality. Approximately 110,000 people call this city home, which beganin 1842 as a trader fort and barricaded settlement for the sole purpose of trading with local Ute and Apache communities. After a raid by Utes on Christmas Eve, 1854, the area was relatively uninhabited until 1859.

After the city was officially established in 1886, it became a major social and economic center. Until a major flood, known as the Great Flood of 1921, Pueblo was known as the Saddle-Making capitol. Other businesses and lives were lost during this time, and therefore the city and its residents have struggled over the years to maintain industry and residents. Pueblo has now become an area cultural center with restored historic sites, art galleries, theater companies, unique craft and retail shops, fine dining and performing arts venues, and public art projects. Some of these are the Pueblo Performing Arts Guild, Union Avenue Historic District, Southeast Colorado Heritage Center, Bessemer Historical Society, Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, InfoZone News Museum, Rawlings Library, Pueblo Convention Center and the Historic Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo.

Blessed with almost year-round mild weather, residents and tourists alike can enjoy the new urban kayak course, rivers, lakes, golf courses and bike trails. Some of the area attractions include Lake Pueblo State Park, Pueblo Zoo, Pueblo's River Trail System, Elmwood Golf Course, and Pathways Scenic & Historic Byway, just to name a few. There is something for everyone all year, from historic and outdoor tours to music festivals and car rallies.