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Colorado State Fairgrounds

  • Horse Riding at the State Fair

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    Horse racing was one of the most popular events at the state fair in the early twentieth century, but rodeo sports eventually became more popular and displaced the races.
    Horse Riding at the State Fair
  • Colorado Mineral Palace

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    In the late 1880s the state fair was held at Mineral Palace Park in Pueblo. In 1890 the State Fair Association sold the site and moved the state fair to a new location west of Lake Minnequa.
    Colorado Mineral Palace
  • State Fair Exhibits

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    The fair added more substantial facilities in the 1920s and 1930s, when it received greatly increased state and federal funding.
    State Fair Exhibits
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References: 

Joey Bunch, “State Fair Can Wrangle Deficit if Taxpayers Help Support It,” Denver Post, January 20, 2014.

Joanne West Dodds, Pueblo: A Pictorial History (Norfolk, VA: Donning, 1982).

Joanne West Dodds, They All Came to Pueblo: A Social History (Virginia Beach: Donning, 1994).

Jill Seyfarth, “Colorado State Fairgrounds,” Colorado State Register of Historic Properties Nomination Form (August 15, 2006).

Additional Information: 

Deryl V. Gease, “William N. Byers and the Colorado Agricultural Society,” Colorado Magazine 43, no. 4 (1966).

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