The Dog Patch Neighborhood Memory Project brings together stories of life in Pueblo's east side neighborhood during the 20th century. The collection of oral histories and photos resulting from this project provide a look at the everyday life of community members whose voices have been traditionally underheard.
The Dog Patch Neighborhood Memory project began in 2018 in Pueblo, CO, after the successful completion of the Salt Creek Memory Neighborhood Memory Project. This project is a collaboration between History Colorado's El Pueblo History Museum and community members from the Dog Patch neighborhood, otherwise known as Eastwood Heights. The project gathers the collective memory of the community through several community memory workshops and grassroots collecting of oral histories and community photos. A committee of community members has helped to complete and guide the project. In the near future, local artists will produce a mural and teatro for the community inspired by the collective and individual oral histories produced from this project.
Header Image: Eastwood Heights basketball team, cheer squad, and coaches, (The Blazers). Donor: Marcella Pacheco.
Take a look at some of the project activities and listen to community members telling stories about life in Dog Patch!
The Dog Patch community is primarily Mexican-American, Hispanic, and Chicano. Dog Patch was ranch land before the community started building homes from the 1950s to 1970s. St. Anne’s Church was moved from another location and became the cornerstone of the community in the 1950s. The community has an elementary school, Eastwood Heights, which later changed to Baca Elementary. The community has self-advocated for itself throughout the years for sidewalks, paved roads, street lights, traffic lights, and proper water lines.