Not to be outdone when it comes to food, music or just about anything else, Pueblo’s Slovenian community takes pride in its vibrant heritage here as well.
“In 1893, a lot of men came to America from Slovenia, and they made their way west to work in the steel mills,” says Rudy Krasovec, board chair of KSKJ Life, the American Slovenian Catholic Union. “They eventually sent back home for their wives, or for a bride, and soon there were a lot of families here.”
A community hub is Old Bojon Town, where you’ll find Eilers’ Place, a favorite pub since 1933. The brave of heart down shots of 80-proof Slivovitz plum brandy and gather for the Bojon Triathlon of bowling, horseshoes and darts in July.
The area’s also home to the Slovenian Heritage Center, a growing archive of Pueblo’s Slovenian history housed in a former school building attached to St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church.
“We always have a lot going on, whether it’s making sure our history is documented or working to provide college scholarships and host exchange students,” Krasovec says.
Yes, Pueblo has another sister city – Maribor, Slovenia.
“We had two sisters from Slovenia come to play in the Paper Cup tennis tournament in 2014, and in 2013, a Slovenian guy won it,” Krasovec says. “So yes, we’re still in the middle of what’s going on in Pueblo!”