It’s hard to imagine going to a theater and not get hit with the pervading smell of popcorn. It’s THE snack of theaters which makes it hard to believe that at one time theaters actively kept the snack from entering the doors. In the early days of theaters, popcorn was kept out because it was … Continue reading This Butter Be Good!
Today is National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (L.E.A.D) so what better time to post a brief history of the Cañon City Police Department? Of course, law enforcement as we know it today was drastically different during the early settlement of the west. During the 19th century, there was no police organization in the American western … Continue reading Cop To It
With the cold weather we’ve had recently, we’ve certainly had our fair share of ice. On cars and roads, it is a fairly unappreciated part of winter. But as soon as summer comes along, we’re all grateful to have ice in our drinks and in our freezers. The process of acquiring ice was originally much … Continue reading Ice Times
You wouldn’t necessarily guess that bicycles and automobiles had much of a connection other than as a means of transportation but many early bike manufacturers also became pioneer automobile builders. In fact, many companies that still produce cars today have a history with bicycle manufacturing according to Carlton Reid, author of Roads Were Not Built … Continue reading Imagination Fuels Innovation
Edward Drinker Cope and Othniel Charles Marsh were the leading paleontologists of the late 19th century. However, instead of working together, they were locked in a bitter rivalry for years. They raced to collect and identify more species than the other and were highly critical of one another’s work. This rivalry was eventually coined the … Continue reading Make No Bones About It
A holiday tradition here in Cañon City is the Cañon City Chamber of Commerce Parade of Lights. This event has taken place annually since 1989. Throughout the 1990s, logo contests were held for a design to be placed on a pin. Here at the museum we only have two of these pins; one from 1990 … Continue reading We’re Pinning Our Hopes on You!
In the early years of Colorado Territorial Correctional Facility when it was still known as the Colorado State Penitentiary, things were different than they are now. For one, many inmates had jobs in town and would return to the prison at the end of the day. For some, that job was creating bricks at the … Continue reading Another Brick in the Wall