Pueblo County, Colorado
William P. Hobson
Contributed by Karen Mitchell and Jean Griesan. Photo by Floyd Kelling.
William P. Hobson 1834 – 1895
William P. Hobson was born in Indiana, and lived in Missouri and in Wichita, Kansas, before moving to Pueblo in 1879. Hobson served as a captain with the Missouri Volunteers during the Civil War. Hobson surveyed the upper Fountain River and developed a plan for irrigating the area north of Pueblo along the Fountain River. He also was instrumental in the planning and development of irrigation systems and reservoirs east of Pueblo. With his cousin George Hobson's financing, W.P. helped build several downtown Pueblo buildings, including the Hobson Building which stood in the 300 block of Santa Fe Avenue. All buildings known to have been designed by W.P. Hobson have been razed. He also was an architect for the Fountain Lake Hotel of Pueblo. One son, Sherman Hobson, was Pueblo city surveyor and Hobson street was named after him. Another son, Eddy Adolphus Hobson was a rancher, teamster and postmaster at Avondale for several years. Hobson's two sons, his wife, and his mother are buried in the family plot.
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