A short history on the importance of Pueblo (and why its media was of such importance in Colorado).

In the arid West, Pueblo is unique in that it has lots of water (with two rivers) and mild, dry winters. So people have always lived here. The Spanish word ‘pueblo’ means ‘town' or ‘people’. Pueblo is where the people are living.

In 1779, Juan Bautista de Anza fought a major battle against the Commanche just south of here. In 1806, Zebulon Pike parleyed with a number of Grand Pawnee just east of here and he built the first American structure in what was the Louisiana Purchase here. When the explorer Stephen Long passed by in 1820 he found 600 Arapahoe tipis here. 

In 1842, Pueblo was ‘founded’ by a dozen mountain men and was a competitor with Bent’s Fort for the Native American trade. ‘Pueblo’ is listed on many charts as early as 1846, years before any other Colorado cities even existed. Except for 1854, when Pueblo experienced a Christmas time massacre, Pueblo probably had the largest non Native American, non Hispanic population of any settlement in the region until the 1859 gold rush when Denver surpassed it.

In the 1870’s, “the cowboy’s cowboy” Charles Goodnight, the man who invented the cattle drive and the chuck wagon had his ranch here. With its abundance of water, in 1881, the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company was formed to process the minerals from the nearby Rocky Mountains. The CF&I had its main plant in Pueblo, but also controlled many plants across the country and was owned by robber barons John D. Rockefeller and Jay Gould. It had dozens of  ‘company towns’ which it controlled across Colorado (like Crested Butte), Wyoming, New Mexico, Utah and Oklahoma. Early in the twentieth century, CF&I was listed on the New York Stock Exchange as one of the Dow Jones Industrials.

So for a century, Pueblo was the second most populous, prosperous and powerful city in Colorado, as was its media. Only in the mid 1960’s did the city of Colorado Springs surpass Pueblo as the state’s second most populous city after Denver.

For four decades Buddy Johnson was widely covered by the press - and he still is, below are some of these articles.

1953 Lamar Day celebration

August 1, 1954 Pueblo Chieftain  Section D  Page 1

August 11, 1956  Colorado Rancher & Farmer  page 22-23

1966 Kiowa County Press, Eads, Colorado

1968 McClelland Orphanage Christmas party - publication and date unknown.

From the book: From Mace
s Hole, The Way It Was, To Beulah, The Way It Is (A comprehensive History of Beulah, Colorado). Published by The Beulah Historical Society.  page 179-80  1979

December 15, 1979  Large 3 page article in Pueblo Chieftain’s Panorama Magazine

December 7, 1986 Pueblo Chieftain article

December 8, 1986  Pueblo Chieftain Obituary

December 8, 1986  Denver Post Obituary

December 8, 1986  Rocky Mountain News Obituary

December 8, 1986  Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph Obituary

Publication and date unknown, probably from the early 1990’s.

1999 Pueblo Music Awards brochure

February 25, 2004  Pueblo Chieftain Obituary

2013  Tour Beulah’s Historic, Unusual and Forgotten Places by Marilyn Klipfel Brehe.  page 32

October 2015  Pueblo Historical Ghost Walk

The annual Fall Pueblo Ghost Walk portrays a number of significant Pueblo historical people in which walkers travel from one end of the Historic Union Avenue District to the other. The walking group stops and hears each actor who portrays each historical figure. The script for Dad’s part was written by my good friend, writer and former Tamarack Productions partner Joel Scherzer and it was acted by another good friend, former PCC teaching colleague and actor Ken Thompson. They rotate stories each year and it is done to benefit the Pueblo Domestic Violence Community Task Force. A video of Ken’s portrayal of Dad can be seen on YouTube under 'The Buddy Johnson Show’.

August 4, 2017  even on Facebook

Notice the mention of the ‘War Whoop’!

October 2018  The Beulah Newspaper - Beulah, Colorado

Dads display at the Pueblo Heritage Museum in the Union Avenue Historic District.

Haswell or Eads, Colorado newspaper - an early date which is unknown

Haswell article

I love how this early newspaper article lists Dad as “he is a former Arlington boy.”           © John Johnson 2019       All rights reserved.