By Loretta (Stevens) Bailey Come by the Royal Gorge Regional Museum and History Center (RGRM&HC). Walk past the replica of an Allosaurus, who is standing guard over a close-by flower garden filled with bright yellow daisies. Stop at the north end of the garden and you will see a large green sculpture made of … Continue reading “A Fish Pond… or A Flower Garden… or Both”?
At the turn of the century, Cañon City, and the entirety of Colorado was filled with doctors who never worried there wouldn’t be enough work for them. Multitudes of people moved to the state for their health, many of them with tuberculosis meaning doctors were in high demand. Dr. W. T. Little was one of … Continue reading A Little Goes a Long Way
The St. Cloud Hotel has gone by a few different names in its long history. It began life as the aforementioned name before becoming the Denton Hotel and Hotel Cañon and then finally the St. Cloud once more. It has had its successes and failures but under Frances Wildgen, with the name Hotel Cañon, the … Continue reading Happy Birthday Frances Wildgen!
Fremont County has had its fair share of company towns whose survival depended on the mining and industry operations of large companies like Colorado Fuel and Iron Company (CF&I). Some, like Brookside, managed to survive when the companies pulled out, while others, such as Chandler, became ghost towns with only a few foundations remaining. Calcite, … Continue reading Calcite
Transportation has changed drastically from the days of the horse and carriage. Automobiles gave rise to a whole new system of buses with routes traversing the country. As Fremont County began to grow in the 1870s, the mode of transportation was still by horse, or in a stagecoach or even an omnibus pulled by horses. … Continue reading The Wheels on the Bus Go Round
One of the most well-known residents of Cañon City around the turn of the century was Minnie L. Harding, a formidable woman. Margaretta Lahm was born on June 13, 1857 in Canton, Ohio. She came to Cañon City for a visit but instead chose to stay, opening a kindergarten in a tent on the corner … Continue reading Though she be but Minnie, she is fierce!
The very first drive-in movie theater was opened in Camden, New Jersey on June 6, 1933 by Richard Hollingshead. The early 1940s is when drive-ins began to gain more attention and by the 50s they boomed in popularity. By 1958, the amount of drive-ins in the nation peaked at 4,063. According to an article by … Continue reading Sunset Drive-In Theater