Acquisition Recognition

“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, Don’s family asked what he wanted. He responded with a 1929 Packard. (Don was born in 1929 and the Packard is a beautiful Roadster.) What he got was this diorama! Built by Lon Rogers, with help from Don’s nephew Jon Edwards, the diorama was presented to Don at his 90th birthday party last year.

The diorama features 6 prominent areas of Don’s life: City Hall where he was a city councilman and mayor (two terms each!), his home on Greenwood Avenue with his family, Sweet Adelines Church, In-N-Out Conoco where he spent countless hours drinking coffee with his friends, and the Cañon City High School and football field. Don announced Tigers sports from 1960 – 2010 – 50 years!

The diorama measures just over 4 feet wide and will be a wonderful addition for those who visit the museum. We are so grateful to Don and his family for donating it to the museum.

-Katie Conrad, Curator of Exhibits and Collections

Don Packard Diorama, 2019. Object ID: 2020.050.001; Royal Gorge Regional Museum & History Center Collection

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