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Setting the Stage

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Stagecoaches were so called because they traveled in segments or “stages”. In the early 16th century, stagecoaches were becoming familiar in England. These early stagecoaches could only travel about 5-6 miles per hour because there was a lack of suspension. Highwaymen also posed a danger often holding up coaches and stealing mail and valuables. Mail […]

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A. L. Jeffrey

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Many of the attorneys that practiced in Cañon City did so for many years, and Alvis L. Jeffrey was no exception, practicing for nearly 50 years. Jeffrey was born in Indiana on July 2, 1865 and moved to Fremont County as a young man. He taught school at Brookside and saved part of his salary […]

Dall DeWeese

Dall DeWeese

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By Carrie Robertson William Dallas “Dall” DeWeese was a very talented man who pursued many interests.  One of them was planting orchards and developing an irrigation system to bring water here in the Canon City area. He was born January 10, 1857 at Troy, Ohio and grew up on a farm.  He left school at […]

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Hell’s Half Acre

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After a day spent deep underground doing back-breaking work, many miners wanted an escape at the end of the day, often in the form of alcohol. Unfortunately for them, many of the mining companies kept their towns dry, meaning the miners had to look outside of where they lived and worked for their alcohol needs. […]

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Great Balls of Fire!

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June 24 is World UFO Day, which seems like a good time to share an article from the museum research files. The article was printed in the Cañon City Daily Record on September 21, 1950 and reported on an event witnessed by Cañon City residents. Local People See Flying “Balls of Flame” Canon City people […]