Title: Pueblo: An Illustrated History
Publisher: Heritage Media Corporation, Carlsbad, California
Publication Date: 2002
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Signed by Authors
This is a fine book in fine dustjacket. A history of Pueblo, Colorado in old and new photohraphs. Book is signed by both authors. Bookseller Inventory # 000101
Synopsis: From the time Native Americans were the area's only inhabitants, the juncture of Fountain Creek and the Arkansas River has been both a crossroads and a refuge. Traveling along the watercourses provided easy-to-follow trails while trees and brush at the confluence, along with unusually moderate weather, made for snug winter camps.
Those who came in later years to stay, build and prosper used the same trails along the waterways. Coming from all directions and representing a wide cross-section of nationalities, these early Puebloans set the tenor of what was to be - a multicultural society learning to live, work and grow together into the bustling city that Pueblo is today.
About the Author: Eleanor Fry is a 49-year resident of Colorado, all but 12 years being spent in the Arkansas Valley. She came to Pueblo in 1970 to be assistant state editor of the Pueblo Chieftain, retiring in 1982 as a copy editor. She wrote numerous historical features while employed by the newspaper.
She is a charter member and past president of the Pueblo County Historical Society. In the past quarter of a century she has written dozens of articles that have appeared in the historical society's monthly publication, The Lore.
Her book, Smelters of Pueblo, was published in 2000 by the historical society and now is on sale in area bookstores. She also wrote Lake Minnequa Park, Colorado Travel, and Railroad Accidents in Colorado, all published in past years by the historical society.
Fry was city editor of the daily Mountain Mail at Salida in the 1950's. The newspaper passed its 120th milestone in June and is publishing a commemorative book of Salida history, reprinting historical articles that Fry wrote during her tenure there. She also has been a member of the Pueblo Pioneer Cemetery Restoration Committee since its organization in 1983. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Kansas in 1943.
Ione Miller is a retired educator devoting her retirement years to researching and recording history - that of Pueblo County as well as of her childhood homes and her family. She came to Pueblo in 1962 when her husband was transfered with the Santa Fe Railroad Livestock Department. In 1964 she enrolled at SCSC, earning a bachelor's degree in education, and began teaching secondary English and social studies in Pueblo School DIstrict No. 70. In 1980, after earning a master's degree in elementary administration at Western State, she became principal of Pueblo West Elementary School an held that position until retirement in early 1992.
Since retirement Miller has taken an active part in the activities of the Friends of the Pueblo Library District and Pueblo County Historical Society. She is associate editor of the society's monthly publication, The Lore, and has written many articles on Pueblo history for that periodical.
Miller lives in Pueblo with her husband, Jack. Their three children and seven grandchildren live in the area.
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