Salt Creek Disputes 1960s-1990s | Pueblo

Clippings about Salt Creek: CO-OP, and Salt Creek Park, 1974-5


3 clippings from unidentified Pueblo papers: (1) Citizens claim Community Organization-Outreach of Pueblo, an anti-poverty project, was slighting Salt Creek, Aug. 1, 1974; (2) Cooperation by Salt Creek residents tied to CO-OP aid in area, Dec. 11, 1974; (3) Salt Creek park opened, June 9, 1975

Salt Creek residents fight for paved roads, 1972


Residents of the Salt Creek community asked the county commissioners to improve and pave roads in the community—an issue that has been raised repeatedly for several years.  Louis Garcia, chairman of the Barrio de Salado Improvement Association, accused Road Commissioner Martin Moore of failing to meet past promises to pave roads in Salt Creek and of being a racist.

Salt Creek Residents Taking Precautions with Well Water, Oct., 1971


Residents say water from well and pump house near Palo Alto and Laguna is not fit to drink or use to bathe.  The well, completed in 1968, is deep, but underground seepage from Salt Creek is causing problems. Salt Creek is visibly polluted with oils and chemicals from CF&I Steel Corp.  A recent water analysis undertaken by a microbiologist revealed major hazards. The private tests on the water began after residents failed to get action from the Pueblo City-County Health Department, who repeatedly said the water was good.

Salt Creek Water System Dedicated, thanks to Union members, 1968


The perseverance of 5 members of United Steelworkers of America LU 2012, finally paid off with the dedication of a community water system in Salt Creek, funded by a federal grant.  Tests of 37 wells conducted by the City and County Health Dept. had shown only 4 wells with water safe to drink. The men, all employed by CF&I, are: Endy Garcia, Basic Oxygen Shop; Ray Barela, Wire Mill Drawing Room; Ted T. Lopez, Wire Mill Weigher; Stanley Gutierrez, Wire Mill Galvanizing; and Adrian Martinez, Operator, Hearth Department.

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