Territorial Prison opened its doors for the first time on June 1, 1871 “one half mile from the business center”. The 30 acres of land had been donated for the prison by Jotham Draper, a pioneer and businessman. Anson Rudd had also offered 25 acres of his own but it had been deemed too close … Continue reading Territorial Prison
Brookside was incorporated as a town on May 22, 1913. The first land homesteaded in the area had actually been by a man named Sylvester Davis. In 1887 he filed a plat just north of what later became Brookside. In 1888, the town of Brookside was founded by W.D. Thatcher and Willard P. Strong who … Continue reading Brookside
World War I claimed the lives of an estimated 16 million people but an even deadlier killer snuck in on the coattails of the war. An estimated 50 million worldwide were killed in the flu pandemic of 1918 and at least one fifth of the population was infected. Katherine Anne Porter, born May 15, 1890, … Continue reading The 1918 Flu Pandemic
Back around the turn of the century, Cañon City boasted a unique club. It was purely a social club with no other objective than to gather and enjoy the works of Charles Dickens. It was one of only two clubs in the nation solely focused on Dickens, the other was the “All Around Dickens Club … Continue reading A Tale of One City
In the 1962 Cañon City Directory, the World War I Veterans, Skyline Barracks No. 1673 was listed under veteran’s organizations. The commander was listed as Herbert Arbra. The president of the Auxiliary World War Veterans was Mrs. Eva White. The organization was incorporated in 1958 by the 85th congress. There was a constitution and by-laws … Continue reading Order of the First World War, Skyline Barracks No.1673. What was this organization?
Zebulon Pike, a brigadier general during the War of 1812, died on April 27, 1813. He was only 34 years old. Pike died young but he managed to fit quite a bit into his life including two trips into the mostly unmapped West. Pike was born in 1779 and joined the army when he was … Continue reading Zebulon Pike
Recently at the museum we’ve been organizing our dolls. We have a nice collection of dolls dressed in traditional clothing of various countries and dolls of prominent figures among others. One unusual doll will likely be remembered by many. It’s a Charlie McCarthy doll! We have just a small one, certainly not the actual Charlie … Continue reading Charlie McCarthy