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A Toast to History

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Toast is a staple breakfast item that is simple to make with the use of a toaster. However, before the invention of the electric toaster, it was a time-consuming task. Hand sliced bread would be held with a long metal fork or in a metal frame held over a flame. As wood and coal stoves […]

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The “Train of Tomorrow”

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While traveling by train through Glenwood Canyon, Cyrus Osborn of the General Motors Electro—Motive Division came up with the idea of a panoramic dome. This would allow train passengers to see all around them while traveling by rail. While similar ideas had been thought of before, none were successful until the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy […]

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We’re Not Lion!

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Today is National Cat Day, which was created to encourage adoption of cats. However, we’ve decided it would be fun to share a story about a type of cat that should not be adopted – the mountain lion. Other names that can be used for this large cat include cougar, puma, and catamount. Mountain lions […]

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Photographer J. Melvin Affleck

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J. Melvin Affleck gave his family quite the scare in 1913 when he disappeared one night. On May 22, 1913, the Cañon City Record reported on the events. Fourteen young men responded to an alarm that was sounded 20 minutes to 11:00 PM from the electrical power plant. The men were equipped with lanterns by […]

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Is Higher Education Deadly during Pandemics?

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By Kodee Summers The 1918 Flu Pandemic, which started in spring 1918 and lasted till early summer 1919, infected an estimated 500 million people worldwide and killed an estimated 20 to 50 million victims. Also known as the Spanish Flu, it was first observed in Europe, the United States, and parts of Asia. Influenza is […]