Located in the southeastern quadrant of Colorado, Pueblo is a crossroads city in many ways. Most obviously, the intersections of U.S. Highway 50 and I-25 make the state's ninth most populous city one of the most trafficked corridors of Colorado. Historically, Pueblo is the confluence of what was once four separate towns – Bessemer, Pueblo, Central Pueblo and South Pueblo – built to accommodate early ore miners. Climatically, Pueblo perhaps has more in common with high-desert southern neighbor state New Mexico than the snowier, more-mountainous climates of Colorado cities to the north and west. Economically and culturally, Pueblo is caught at the crossroads of the Old West, the manufacturing past and an uncertain future.
Founded around 1842 by a trader named George Simpson and incorporated in 1885, Pueblo had its history literally washed out by the Great Flood of 1921 (caused by yet another intersection – that of the Arkansas River and Fountain Creek), which destroyed about one-third of the city's businesses as well. The mainstay of Pueblo's economy has long been based around the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company, or CF&I Steel Corp, which traces its roots back to the 1880s and is Pueblo's financial foundation to this day, despite the flagging fortunes of the steel industry. In 1982, when the steel market crashed, the company ceased operation of its blast furnaces, which were mostly dismantled in 1989, save for some stoves and furnace foundations which were left as is due to asbestos dangers. These remnants of a once-great industry can still be sighted from I-25's north-south Pueblo crossing, looking eastward.
Pueblo boasts some of the oldest schools in the state, as Centennial High School dates back to 1876 (though rebuilt on a new site in 1973), and Pueblo Central School, nicknamed the “School of Heroes”, hearkens to 1881 (later rechristened as Central High School when it was rebuilt in 1920). Two new high schools were built to accommodate the increasing population of the 1950s, and Pueblo now has thirteen high schools in all.
Asbestos exposure in the workplace has been a problem in Pueblo for many years now. All these residential and commercial construction projects – in addition to utility and power-generation facilities like that of the Comanche Power Station - have put workers at risk in Pueblo. If you or a loved one were exposed to asbestos in Pueblo, Colorado, you may be at risk to develop certain asbestos related diseases including mesothelioma (a terminal cancer). For those diagnosed with mesothelioma in Pueblo, the area has quality medical care, cancer centers, and doctors that can provide treatment for mesothelioma.
Asbestos Exposure at Jobsites in Pueblo
The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance has compiled information obtained from a number of sources to identify the following jobsites in Pueblo where asbestos exposure was known to have occurred. These sites are listed below.
- Acme Markets Inc
- Alpha Beta Acme Packing Div
- Am. Smelting and Refining Company
- American Stores
- Boston Food Prod
- Burn Zol Company
- C F & I Steel Corp
- Central High School
- Colorado Fuel and Iron Company
- Colorado Laundry Company
- Colorado State Hospital
- Comanche Powerhouse
- Company Mental Hlth Inst At Pueblo
- Coppers Company
- Dana Corporation Perfect
- H L Bridgeman
- Mckinney Concrete Produc
- Nuckolls Packing Company
- Opera House Block
- Public Service Colorado
- Puebleo By Products Company
- Pueblo and Suburban Traction Lighting Company
- Pueblo Central School
- Pueblo Power Plant
- Pueblo Smelting and Refining Company
- Pueblo St. Railway Company
- Pueblo Traction and Lighting Company
- Pueblo Wae Lighting Company
- Rock Wool Insulating Company
- Southern Colorado Power Company
- St. Mary Corwin Hospital
- Standard Fire Brick Company
- State Hospital Addition
- Triplex of America
- United States Zinc Company
- Utilicorp United Inc
- Walter Brewing Company
- Xcel Energy
Filing an Asbestos Lawsuit in Pueblo, Colorado
Don’t lose your rights! If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma and were exposed to asbestos in Colorado, you may be entitled to compensation. You may have limited time to file a claim. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma and have a pathology report in hand to support that diagnosis, you are eligible for financial assistance.
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