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Hanging On By a String

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The yo-yo has a long history, dating back to China around 1000 B.C. according to the National Museum of Play. Terra cotta disks have been found during archaeological digs in Greece, and Greek vases show figures playing with similar objects. By the 1700s, the toy had made it to France under various names. The yo-yo […]

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Photographer Royal Hubbell

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According to an article in the Cañon City Record on September 25, 1895, Royal Hubbell was the only baby photographer in Cañon City. An ad printed in the Cañon City Times in 1901 furthered his claim that he was the perfect photographer for mothers to bring their babies to for a photo. The ads Hubbell […]

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Sew Important

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Currently, our curator is conducting an inventory of artifacts in the historic Rudd Cabin. One such artifact is a sewing machine that was brought to Denver in a covered wagon by James and Anne Clelland in 1865. James was born in Scotland in 1823 and married Anne in 1845. They immigrated to the United States […]

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Photographer J. Melvin Affleck

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J. Melvin Affleck gave his family quite the scare in 1913 when he disappeared one night. On May 22, 1913, the Cañon City Record reported on the events. Fourteen young men responded to an alarm that was sounded 20 minutes to 11:00 PM from the electrical power plant. The men were equipped with lanterns by […]

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Is Higher Education Deadly during Pandemics?

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By Kodee Summers The 1918 Flu Pandemic, which started in spring 1918 and lasted till early summer 1919, infected an estimated 500 million people worldwide and killed an estimated 20 to 50 million victims. Also known as the Spanish Flu, it was first observed in Europe, the United States, and parts of Asia. Influenza is […]