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This was the ad promoting the Annex Hall in 1926 when it was a dance and event hall. The Annex building was built in 1903 by Lyman Robison who made his money in mining investments in Leadville. An article in the Cañon City Clipper on June 12, 1903 described the grandeur of the new building. … Continue reading May I Have This Dance?
By Loretta (Stevens) Bailey Now: In searching RGRM&HC’s family files, subject files, property files, city directories, donor files, and archival photographs, I found this research fascinating. I also found my own knowledge of these residents was very limited and sketchy. In this blog you will find demographics, occupations, residences, places of business, churches, schools, and … Continue reading Now and Then: The African-American Community in Cañon City 1902-1937
It’s sometimes hard to imagine how Cañon City became the agricultural center it was during the 20th century. For one, water isn’t as abundant here as it is in many other places. That didn’t stop Dall DeWeese who decided he would find a water supply for his nursery and all the local orchards. DeWeese claimed … Continue reading Dam Good Water
“Every cow that comes in the barn is a ‘lady’, treat her as such.” That was Olen Nichols’ motto when it came to running his dairy farm at the east end of the Lincoln Park area. According to him, his cows were the bosses and were never forced to do anything they didn’t want to … Continue reading Happy Birthday to “Moo”!
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