Fremont County

May I Have This Dance?

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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. […]

Now and Then

Now and Then: The African-American Community in Cañon City 1902-1937

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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 […]

Museum Blog

Dam Good Water

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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 […]

Fremont County

Happy Birthday to "Moo"!

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“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 […]

Museum Blog

This Butter Be Good!

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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 […]