Water and the West drew JFK to Pueblo

President John F. Kennedy came to Pueblo 60 years ago on Aug. 17, 1962, to celebrate the signing of the Fryingpan-Arkansas bill that has so shaped ...

August 19, 2022
11:48 AM

President John F. Kennedy came to Pueblo 60 years ago on Aug. 17, 1962, to celebrate the signing of the Fryingpan-Arkansas bill that has so shaped the water resources, economy, agricultural and environmental base of southeastern Colorado since then. He signed the bill the day prior in Washington D.C., before a group of Colorado elected office-holders, Pueblo community leaders and Department of Interior representatives in the Kennedy Administration. All lauded this landmark legislation that was in the making for decades and which they hoped would ameliorate the drought cycles that plagued that portion of the state since the 1930s.

Jeff Chostner