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Concrete History

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The Ritzman Cement Company was opened in 1906 by John Ritzman on South 9th Street, in the former location of a smelter. The cement plant manufactured a variety of cement products including ornamental garden objects, irrigation tile, granaries, and ornamental building blocks. An example of ornamental building blocks is the former Rio Grande Hotel at […]

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Acquisition Recognition!

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“On Your Feet, Tiger Fans!” Today is National Sports Day! The museum received a bittersweet acquisition this month on behalf of the family of Don Packard, our favorite Cañon City Tiger. Mr. Packard passed away in September, leaving behind a legacy, and slogan, that will live on in Cañon City history. For his 90th birthday, […]

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National Fossil Day

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Today, October 14, is National Fossil Day which is “an annual celebration held to highlight the scientific and educational value of paleontology and the importance of preserving fossils for future generations.”[1] Here at the museum, we’ve decided to share one of our fossils that is full of mystery. Charles D. Walcott was the leading expert […]

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The Unfortunate Boot

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One chilly day in November, the townsfolk of Penrose gathered for the unveiling of their new fountain, donated by Julie Penrose. Julie was the wife of Spencer Penrose, after whom the town was named. According to the Fremont County Leader on November 18, 1915, a parade was led by school children carrying flags and banners. […]

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Loads of History

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Cañon City has been home to a few different laundries over the years. Three laundries were functioning in 1908: Cañon Steam Laundry, New Method Laundry, and Lee Sing Laundry. Cañon Steam Laundry and New Method Laundry were across from one another on the 200 block of Main Street, while Lee Sing Laundry was on River […]