If you are a frequent visitor to the Royal Gorge Regional Museum and History Center, you might be wondering why a new exhibit is in the place of an exhibit you saw last year or where artifacts that are no longer on display have gone. Are they no longer in the museum collection? Does the … Continue reading Here Today, Gone Tomorrow?
One wouldn’t expect a photography store and a ski shop to go hand in hand but for one former resident of Cañon City, that was exactly how they should be. Leonard Claar was born in on October 3, 1921 in Albion, Nebraska to parents Roy and Anna Claar. The family moved to Cañon City in … Continue reading Staying Focused
The Fremont National Bank had a few different homes throughout its life. The building at the corner of 4th Street and Main Street is probably the most recognizable. The words “Raynolds Bank” are emblazoned above the corner entrance. The building was built in 1882 for the Fremont County Bank and the year over the entryway, … Continue reading An Interest in Banking
In 1993, the Cañon City family grew. Well, sort of. The Cañon City Council approved a sister city agreement with the city of Kahoku, Japan. The agreement is intended to promote cultural and educational exchange. According to Sister Cities International a sister city relationship “is a broad-based, long-term partnership between two communities in two countries. … Continue reading Sister Cities: Kahoku, Japan
By LeeAnn Widick In 1998 a young boy named Tony Moreno went on a field trip with his classmates. He came to Cañon City for a tour of the Dinosaur Depot (formerly at 330 Royal Gorge Blvd.) and the Garden Park paleontology area. While he and his classmates were on their tour, he started kicking … Continue reading Tony’s Tree
On September 7, 1970, the first known parachute jump took place at the Royal Gorge Bridge. Donald Boyles of Tulsa, Oklahoma used a limp hang glider (one that opened after he jumped) to make his 358th jump. He and a coworker, also a fellow parachute jumper, David Lomax, discussed the possibility of jumping off the … Continue reading Oh Chute!
In 1943 Cañon City renamed one of its peaks in honor of a former resident of Cañon City, Emory S. Land. The peak, topping in at 6,700 feet, had its name changed from YMCA Mountain to Lands Peak. It’s possible the peak was originally named YMCA Mountain because it was a popular location for members … Continue reading Land Meets Sea…and Mountains