Pueblo - Old town 1900

Current Exhibition

Borderlands of Southern Colorado

The Arkansas River in Colorado (or Rio Nepesta) once carved the border between the United States and Mexico. El Pueblo History Museum marks the site of the original El Pueblo, established in 1842 along the border, and is well situated to tell the stories of the Borderlands of Southern Colorado. The river and the landscape of this site encompass a grand history: from a place of meeting between indigenous tribes to a physical border between nations, from the boundary between mountains and plains to everyday convergences of cultural and ethnic borders.

Map of Mexico 1847

Mapa de los Estados Unidos de Méjico (Map of the United States of Mexico) by John Distrunell, the 1847 map used during Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo negotiations. Courtesy National Archives.

Treaty in display case
Last page of the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo
Courtesy Library of Congress
Borderlands photo
Borderlands photo with logo

A border is a dividing line, a narrow strip along a steep edge. A borderland is a vague and undetermined place created by the emotional residue of an unnatural boundary. It is in a constant state of transition.

Gloria E. Anzaldúa