Museum Blog

Money of the American Civil War

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Fighting a war is an expensive undertaking, especially for a largely agrarian society whose capital is invested in slavery and cotton land. After their secession from the United States, the Confederate States of America was in need of revenue. Raising taxes was not feasible, as there was little in the way of infrastructure to support […]

Women's History Month

Laura Huntley

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In 1974, a large collection of over 1,800 objects were donated the museum by Laura Huntley. Laura was an avid antique collector and the items in the donation are a valuable resource to the museum. Laura was born to Albert and Ella (Romke) Giem in Castle Rock, Colorado on April 2, 1895. From there, the […]

Women's History Month

Ruth Carter

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Not only was Ruth Carter the first female mayor of Cañon City, she was the first woman in Colorado to gain the title of Chief Probation Officer in 1970. Ruth was born September 30, 1916 in Kay County, Oklahoma to Henry and Edna Cresswell. Her family moved to Kansas in 1922. Ruth graduated from El […]

Fremont County

Pioneer Women

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While many of the street names in Cañon City are named after early male settlers, many of those men came west with their families. Their wives made the same trek and were just as instrumental in creating the city we call home. This article will highlight just a few of these women, but there are […]