CO: Colorado Columbines

Pueblo, CO – Pueblo KOA  – June 9-13, 2022

Group outside El Pueblo History Museum

The Colorado Columbines’ June campout was titled “Peeking Around Pueblo”.  Many of us were skeptical of what is there is to see in Pueblo but were pleasantly surprised to learn so much history and see so much in southern Colorado.  We had 28 members in attendance (1 cabin and 13 RVs) at the Pueblo KOA.

Our discovery of Pueblo started Thursday evening with a chili dinner hosted by the wagon masters (Don and Jean Kaplan and Bill and Liz Davenport).  The following morning our exploration of Pueblo began with a tour of the El Pueblo History Museum.  The group self-toured the museum followed by a docent guided trading post tour and explanation.  After having a deli lunch at the museum, we had free time to explore downtown Pueblo or head went back to our coaches to prepare for the evening catered Mexican dinner followed by the business meeting.

Saturday the group split, some going to the Rosemount Museum and others going to the Weisbord Aircraft Museum.  At the aircraft museum a docent enlightened us with interesting facts that non-military or non-aircraft industry people would not know.  The two groups successfully rejoined for lunch on the Pueblo Riverwalk.  After lunch the rejoined group went to the Steel Mill Museum where we learned the history of steel making in Pueblo, including that the Colorado Fuel & Iron Company was the largest steel mill west of the Mississippi River.  Who knew!

Woman smiling while seated at picnic table

Sunday was touring (or resting) on your own with explorations of the area.  In the evening we gathered for a delicious Potluck dinner.  At the dinner we had a special ceremony for our past club president, Sue Reinert, who is retiring from RVing.  She will be missed.  The last day the wagon masters made breakfast for the group and everyone departed for home.  The group thoroughly enjoyed exploring Pueblo, CO.

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