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October History Night Covers Clowns and Clay Mines
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History night at the library for October featured three longtime local residents sharing stories about local areas they were most familiar with.

Shirley Pigg started the evening with a brief description of what and where Clowntown USA had been. Clowntown was a small campground with an amusement park theme, a unique petting zoo featuring local wild animals, a gift shop, horse and donkey rides, go cart rides and a miniature train created by the Russell Jones family.

Jones did many charity events as Rusty the clown. When his company wanted to transfer him out of the Pueblo area, he declined and, instead, purchased 27 acres South of Pueblo where he created Clowntown. The property was located just South of what is now the Brantzell exit (exit 83 ) next to Interstate 25, on the North side of what is now Houseman Road.

Although long gone now, the property was dotted with numerous bright red and white striped A-frame buildings to attract visitors. The property was purchased in 1967 and the campground and features ran from 1968 to 1972 when the Jones family moved to the Westcliffe area.

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