100 Years Ago Today

A History Of Events And Happenings From Exactly One Hundred Years Ago

Streets Lights For Downtown In Colorado

Early trappers and traders built adobe structures near the Arkansas River in1842 to trade with native tribes. The settlement was raided by Indian in 1854 and abandoned until 1859 when the Colorado gold rush brought miners and a town was started. It has grown into a populous city.

On June 23, 1912 streets lights were introduced to downtown Pueblo from Main Street from First through Eighth streets. At 8:15 pm County Commissioner Thomas A Duke flicked a switch and said “Let there be light.” 46 streetlights turned on while a band played “Lights of Broadway” to a crowd of happy illuminated citizens. Business owners paid $2 per foot to have their establishment lit and the total cost was $50,000.

The story in the 1912 Pueblo Chieftain :http://pueblochieftain.co.newsmemory.com/?date=20120618&goTo=A05

The happy newly lit citizens of downtown Pueblo, Colorado
June 23, 1912

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