Colorado

Jul 15, 2014 4:04 PM

Pueblo steel neighborhood seeks preservation

PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) - A neighborhood in southeast Pueblo that once drew Eastern European steelworkers could now become a national historic district.

Colorado Public Radio reports that Old Bojon Town is known for the Slovenian steelworkers who lived there while they worked in the nearby Colorado Fuel and Iron steel mill.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency listed the old smelter area as a potential Superfund site earlier this year because of lead and arsenic left from the operation.

Proposed construction on Interstate 25 could also threaten homes on the edge of the neighborhood.

In response, residents have formed a neighborhood association and are pursuing designation as a historic district. They've hired a historic preservation consultant to assist in preparing their proposal.

Photo by Wikipedia user Cperko.

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