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
By Loretta (Stevens) Bailey Now: A visit to the Royal Gorge Regional Museum and History Center will give you an opportunity to see an actual piece of the wooden water pipeline. This extraordinary remnant is on the second floor and resting on the floor. Across from the pipe are two retired control panels that … Continue reading Now & Then: A Wood Stave Water Pipeline for Cañon City 1908-1924
When you visit a grocery store today, you don’t think too much about how your food was processed and generally don’t see the building in which it is produced or packaged. But the early settlers in Cañon City would have been able to look down the street or go straight to the door to see … Continue reading Run of the Mill
(Follow the links to read the previous articles about the sister cities of Kahoku, Japan and Cuidad Serdán, Mexico) When the Soviet Union disintegrated in December 1991, the world was shocked as the once major global power split into 15 separate countries. Cañon City, having already established a sister city with Cuidad Serdán, Mexico, and … Continue reading Sister Cities: Valdai, Novgorod Oblast, Russia