Pueblo, Colorado

IMG_0597Pueblo County seat, Pueblo, was incorporated in 1885 and covers over 45 square miles. Current population is about 108,000. For some reason I thought I knew what Pueblo was about until I actually did a little research and am amazed at some of the facts. In 1842 some trappers built Fort Pueblo as a trading post on the Arkansas river, which at the time was the border of US and Mexico. The steel mill in town was the largest employer in the state for almost 100 years, over 40 languages were spoken at the mill which was why there were two dozen foreign language newspapers published here. Pueblo is also the hometown of four Medal of Honor recipients, more than any other municipality in the U.S.IMG_0596The County Courthouse is as it should be, brass top and all. There has been several bad floods here, culminating with the Great Flood of 1921 which destroyed the business district.IMG_0583Powerplant next to the new “riverwalk” downtown.IMG_0584IMG_0592Steel sculptureIMG_0614 I did not purchase a 1946 Modernaire teardrop trailer. There are a lot of cool junk store’s and I enjoyed rooting thru all the stuff. I met a lot of neat people and got good information about possible cheeseburger spots. This was my first attempt at a larger town and was a bit overwhelmed as most everyone I spoke with gave me a different choice but there was one that I heard about the most. Gray’s Coors Tavern for “sloppers”?IMG_0599Gray’s has been at this location since 1934, it is a lot like a bar that has been around since 1934. IMG_0609It seemed I was the only one on the planet that did not know what a slopper was. I was assured it was a cheeseburger so I ordered one. I went through the full range of emotion on this so I will just simplify. Meat, check. Bun, confirmed. Chemical based cheese product, yes. Condiments, slurry. This is a cheeseburger smothered in red and green chile sauce, fries and all, oyster crackers on the side. Served with my favorite utensil, long handled spoon and fork…… Best Cheeseburger I have ever had. IMG_0612I am not going to say anything else about this teardrop trailer. But if I was it would be that they are built from surplus WWII aircraft aluminum, so if I was towing this with my German engineered car there would be potential irony.

4 thoughts on “Pueblo, Colorado

  1. I love hearing about all these little towns! Always liked our drives to and from Chicago off the interstates seeing a lot of nearly deserted places with the neat old buildings. Always fantasized about buying the old hotels and redoing them. Guess I finally did in pt. carry on! Xxooheidi


  2. I must say the “slopper” doesn’t really appeal to me but maybe perfect for Pueblo. I’ve driven up I-25 a few times in the past and remember a huge derelict steel mill one can see for miles around. Wonder if it’s still there? The teardrop is a real “fixer upper” and would look nice in your landlady’s driveway!
    P.S. My auto typist hasn’t heard of a “slopper” either and keep changing the word to slipper.


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