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Water You Going To Do?

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Cañon City Record, July 22, 1915 HEAVY RAIN WITH HAIL FLOODS CITY THURSDAY HAIL, HOWEVER, WAS LIGHT AND DID NO DAMAGE – STORM CENTER FROM SAND CREEK TO SEVENTH STREET. NORTH END GETS IT HARD

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Plane and Simple

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An early flying machine was patented by Reuben Jasper Spaulding from Rosita in Custer County, Colorado –filed September 1, 1888 and granted March 5, 1889. This flying machine was designed in with large wings which included feathers and a tail. The goal was to allow the user to glide, and even change direction, through a […]

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This Ott To Be Good

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The Cañon City Cement Building Block and Tile Manufacturing Company was opened in 1906 by brothers Lorentz and John Ritzman. They manufactured a wide variety of cement products, so it’s no wonder when they built a hotel in 1907 that it was made of ornamental cement blocks. The building was constructed using Ritzman cement at […]

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A Paw-fect Parade

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In the 1940s and 1950s there was a pet parade hosted annually by the Lion’s Club for students eighth grade and younger and their pets. It seemed as if any and all pets were welcome to the parade with the exception of 1956 when horses were barred from being entered. It makes one wonder what […]

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The Cañon City Times

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Cañon City’s first newspaper, the Cañon City Times, started life on September 8, 1860. The town was still small, with the first farm claim filed January 1860. H. S. Millet was the editor and it was printed every Saturday with a single copy going for 10 cents. A three-month subscription was $1.00 and six months […]