I visited the scenic Historic Arkansas Riverwalk in Pueblo, Colorado early one morning last year, when I accompanied my daughter on a business trip to the area. The historic Riverwalk of Pueblo is a 32 acre urban waterfront experience that is opened to the public daily.
"The Riverwalk returned the river to its historic location in the heart of downtown Pueblo, after being diverted in the 1920s due to a devastating flood that destroyed much of Pueblo. The Riverwalk’s current location serves the community by revitalizing a segment of the downtown area that was previously unsightly and unusable. This urban development transforms the community and has been vital in attracting new businesses, thereby helping to stabilize the economic base of the city.
The Arkansas River has been the lifeblood of Pueblo for over 300 years. Native Americans followed the river for hunting and trapping. Early settlers came as sheepherders and cattlemen. Agriculture blossomed in Pueblo’s warmer climate and the steel industry used the bountiful water resources to build a massive manufacturing center. Four nations have claimed ownership over the Arkansas River at the current location of the Riverwalk; Mexico, Spain, France and the Republic of Texas."
The Riverwalk is two miles long and loops around in a continuous path, so it is easy to navigate by walking. Double click on the photo above to see a map of its points of interest.
One can buy a ticket in season, May through September, to ride along the river on an excursion boat, a gondola, or paddle boats.
I enjoyed walking along the entire Riverwalk pathway to see all the wonderful mosaics...
...and to read all the informational placards about the history of the Riverwalk
Please double click on the photo collage above to enlarge it, to read the information and quotations.
There are many sculptural exhibits, entertainment venues, interactive fountains, as well as restaurants on the Riverwalk, as well as nearby retail shops.
I already showed you the inspiring Center for American Values, that honors American Medal of Honor recipients, which is located on the Riverwalk, in a prior post. (click here to read that post)
This beautiful sculpture on the Riverwalk is by David McGary, is modeled after a native Lokota woman who is displaying her treasured heirloom quilt. It is entitled "Walks Among the Stars."
Please double click on the mosaic above to enlarge it to see all the wonderful detail in the sculpture.
There are also quite a few placards on the Riverwalk that tell the story of Lieutenant Zubulon Pike's discovery and attempt to climb the mountain they called "Grand Peak," later known as Pike's Peak.
Please double click on the photo of the placard above to read more about Pike's discovery.
A view of Pike's Peak in the far distance.
More beautiful mosaics and sculpture on the Riverwalk that tell the story of the area.
Double click above to learn the interesting story behind the Arkansas River that begins it's flow from the highest peak in Colorado, Mt. Elbert, elevation 14,433 feet.
A portion of the Riverwalk has a natural embankment. There you can see native Cottonwood trees
I enjoyed sitting on this bench on the Riverwalk as I waited for my daughter to finish her business meeting, so that we could return to Denver, about a two hour ride away.
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