Pueblo, CO High 94 Low 57
The Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo returned the Arkansas River to its historic location in the heart of downtown after being diverted in the 1920s due to a flood that destroyed much of Pueblo.
We took a gondola ride. Jim, of course, wanted to know if the fishing was any good.
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.
My question was – why is it called the Arkansas River when it starts in Colorado. It was originally called the Riviere des Ark by the early French Explorers. Early Spanish explorers called it the Rio Napestie. Eventually it became known as the Arkansas from the Quapaw who lived and hunted along it’s bank. It means “south wind”.
We had lunch at Rosario’s Italian restaurant. Very good. In fact, we’re having the leftovers for dinner tonight.
For those of you who have been to San Antonio’s Riverwalk, this one is much smaller but still a very enjoyable way to spend an afternoon.