(Pueblo, Colorado, date and photographer unknown. Courtesy of Special Collections, Pikes Peak Library District. Image Number: 264-7019.)

Stamped on front “Stereopticon Film Exchange” “108 Franklin St., Chicago, Ill.” Printed on back label “Stereopticon & Film Exchange, Chicago, Ill.” Handwritten on back label “Pueblo-Colo.”

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6 Responses to PPLD Historic Photo of the Day, 8/24/11: Pueblo, Colorado

  1. Nancy Wilsted says:

    That is a fascinating photograph.. can you say more about what we are seeing?
    Nancy

    • Noel Black says:

      Obviously something with Steel manufacturing near the Arkansas River, but don’t know anything beyond that. Anyone else out there know anyting?

  2. It appears to be what was called a “slag dump” where the waste by-product of steel manufacturing was dumped from The Bessemer Works of then CF&I (Colorado Fuel and Iron),just East of the plant.

  3. Concerned Citizen of Pueblo says:

    I have consulted with some natives of Pueblo and we are certain this is not a photograph of Pueblo. I have spoken with two individuals who in their youth would watch slage dumping while drinking beers and they are certain slag was never dumped into a body of water. Additionally, we do not have rocky cliffs that border a river or lake. Finally, that architecture is not typical of Pueblo Industry.

    • Noel Black says:

      Thanks for the comment. It’s labeled as Pueblo in the Pikes Peak Library District’s Digital Photo Archive, which obviously doesn’t mean that it is. I’ll consult with the photo archivist there and see if we can come up with anything more. Would love to hear more thoughts on what it might be. Thanks!

  4. Audrey says:

    Actually, it’s possible this photo was before the 1921 flood changed much of the city. The slag dump near Blende the person talking about above wasn’t established until much later – possibly in response to pollution concerns about dumping slag straight into a major water supply. Check a book about Pueblo history written by Mr. Collier – it’s an excellent resource on Pueblo history, and well-researched.

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