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Pueblo, Colorado

Rosemount Mansion Museum, Pueblo, Colorado

Grandma and Chloe enjoying the Rosemount gardens

One of the first day trips we took was to Pueblo, Colorado, about an hour’s drive south of Colorado Springs. Our main goal was to tour of one of “America’s Castles,” Rosemount Museum, a 37 room, 24,000 square foot mansion and home of the wealthy Thatcher Family. What is really special about this home (besides the fact that it is huge and gorgeous) is that almost all of the furnishings and decor are original – Tiffany chandeliers, stained glass, hand painted ceilings, fancy woodwork, beautiful fireplaces, etc. After 75 years in the family, the home was donated by the youngest child, Raymond Thatcher, when he died in 1968 with no children of his own.

“Kelly Falls” on the Riverwalk

View of the Arkansas Riverwalk

Bell memorial statue, with Grandma and Chloe in the background

Fountain statue with the coal-fired plant in the background

After our tour, which took about an hour (including a real mummy on the third floor!), we drove into downtown to stroll along the Historic Arkansas Riverwalk. It is billed as a 32-acre “urban waterfront experience” which “returns the Arkansas River to its historic location in the heart of downtown Pueblo, after being diverted in the 1920’s due to a flood that destroyed the area.” It was very pretty, with many interesting statues, but I was kind of disappointed that there wasn’t much representation of Native Americans.

We didn’t go into any of the shops, but I will recommend stopping into family-owned Cookie Ladies Bake Shoppe where we picked up scoops of local Josh & John’s all natural ice cream. Mmm!

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