Get to know Pueblo: Explore riverwalk, chile farms and Neon Alley

Get to know Pueblo: Explore riverwalk, chile farms and Neon Alley

A collection of neon signs and art posters decorate Neon Alley in Pueblo. Pueblo native Joe Koncilja, who began putting the signs up three to four years ago, said about 100 people visit the alley most nights and photo shoots are popular there.
Pueblo County farmers proudly display Pueblo chile banners, such as this one a Mauro Farms. Carla Houghton said her grandfather and his parents came from Italy, and he and his brothers started farming in the region. Her father farmed and her brother has been running the farming side of the business for 20 years. He grows 18 varieties of chiles and peppers, along with cabbage, pumpkins, melons and tomatoes. She and her mother started a bakery at the farm, specializing in Potica, other sweet breads and Italian cookies.
Brues Alehouse is a striking fixture on the Historic Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo, a 32-acre urban waterfront area that offers boat rides, patio dining, fitness activities and much more. The craft brewery is in a former police station and jailhouse, which also houses a boutique hotel. The alehouse also features an espresso bar and bakery.
This bronze sculpture of a mare and foal along the Historic Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo is one of many pieces of art that grace the area, which is part of the Pueblo Creative Corridor. The corridor is one of 12 arts districts certified by Colorado and features galleries, street art, fountains and cafes.
On the net

Colorado State Fair: Aug. 24-Sept. 3, www.coloradostatefair.com.Pueblo Chile and Frijoles Festival, Sept. 21-23, festival.pueblochamber.org.

Get to know Pueblo: Explore riverwalk, chile farms and Neon Alley

A collection of neon signs and art posters decorate Neon Alley in Pueblo. Pueblo native Joe Koncilja, who began putting the signs up three to four years ago, said about 100 people visit the alley most nights and photo shoots are popular there.
Pueblo County farmers proudly display Pueblo chile banners, such as this one a Mauro Farms. Carla Houghton said her grandfather and his parents came from Italy, and he and his brothers started farming in the region. Her father farmed and her brother has been running the farming side of the business for 20 years. He grows 18 varieties of chiles and peppers, along with cabbage, pumpkins, melons and tomatoes. She and her mother started a bakery at the farm, specializing in Potica, other sweet breads and Italian cookies.
Brues Alehouse is a striking fixture on the Historic Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo, a 32-acre urban waterfront area that offers boat rides, patio dining, fitness activities and much more. The craft brewery is in a former police station and jailhouse, which also houses a boutique hotel. The alehouse also features an espresso bar and bakery.
This bronze sculpture of a mare and foal along the Historic Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo is one of many pieces of art that grace the area, which is part of the Pueblo Creative Corridor. The corridor is one of 12 arts districts certified by Colorado and features galleries, street art, fountains and cafes.

Get to know Pueblo: Explore riverwalk, chile farms and Neon Alley

The Historic Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo features several cafés with patios, benches, sculptures and other artwork along its walkways. The Riverwalk brought a channel of the Arkansas River back to an area of downtown Pueblo where the river had flowed for hundreds of years. It was diverted after the Great Flood in June 1921 destroyed much of the city and killed hundreds of people in the city and the Arkansas River Valley.

Get to know Pueblo: Explore riverwalk, chile farms and Neon Alley

Second-generation farmer Dalton Millberger in May shows visitors the farm’s processing area, where radishes were being washed and packed for shipping. His dad started the 400-acre farm in 1984, and it now supplies Whole Foods in four states and Sysco. The family also runs a store, Peppe’s, on U.S. Highway 50 that includes produce, a deli and bakery.

Get to know Pueblo: Explore riverwalk, chile farms and Neon Alley

Visitors gather in Neon Alley on a May evening as the signs collected by Pueblo native Joe Koncilja come on. There are more than 30 neon signs in an alley that runs off the 100 block of B Street adjacent to Koncilja’s law offices, including vintage signs and a few new creations. The lights are on a timer and come on about 8 p.m. every night of the year. There are a few nearby cafés and restaurants, including Mr. Tandoori Urban Bar and Grill – with a patio on the alley built by Koncilja.

Get to know Pueblo: Explore riverwalk, chile farms and Neon Alley

The walkways along the 1-mile-long canal of the Historic Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo attract people throughout the day and evening for strolling, jogging, dining and drinking. The riverwalk features many fountains and small waterfalls, and visitors can learn some of Pueblo’s history aboard a riverwalk boat.
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