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Happy As A Clam

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June 20th is National Seashell Day. Since you can’t go collect seashells to celebrate here in Colorado, the museum is going to bring a shell to you! During the mid-Cretaceous period, around 100 million years ago, the Western Interior Seaway began to cover what is now Colorado. This shallow inland sea lasted until the end […]

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Go Fish!

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Brown trout were first brought to Colorado in 1890 and are now abundant in the state. Their large dark spotting pattern and reddish dots help distinguish them from rainbow and cutthroat trout. In early August 1949, John Fetta caught a brown trout that was considered a record holder in Fremont County at that time.      […]

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Dino-mite

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Recently, this Allosaurus tooth was found in the Garden Park Fossil Area. Andrew Smith, paleontologist with the Bureau of Land Management, excavated and prepared the tooth. It is an anterior tooth, located in the front of the mouth. Allosaurus teeth are serrated which would have been helpful in gripping and ripping meat. Similar to sharks, […]

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Just Dandy!

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June 13th is National Weed Your Garden Day. In honor of that, here is an article from 1936 where the city had a unique, and hopefully effective, way of clearing out dandelions. Cañon City Daily RecordMay 9, 1936Dandelion Drive To Be Conducted In City Monday School children throughout Canon City Monday will wage a one-day […]

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Galena

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Fremont County has many mining towns that eventually faded away to become ghost towns. One such town was Galena, named for the galena ore found there. It began sometime in the late 1870s and had a listed population of 300 in 1887. It was located right along the Fremont County and Custer County line south […]