Fremont County

Sunset Drive-In Theater

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The very first drive-in movie theater was opened in Camden, New Jersey on June 6, 1933 by Richard Hollingshead. The early 1940s is when drive-ins began to gain more attention and by the 50s they boomed in popularity. By 1958, the amount of drive-ins in the nation peaked at 4,063. According to an article by […]

Fremont County

Territorial Prison

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Territorial Prison opened its doors for the first time on June 1, 1871 “one half mile from the business center”. The 30 acres of land had been donated for the prison by Jotham Draper, a pioneer and businessman. Anson Rudd had also offered 25 acres of his own but it had been deemed too close […]

Fremont County

Brookside

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Brookside was incorporated as a town on May 22, 1913. The first land homesteaded in the area had actually been by a man named Sylvester Davis. In 1887 he filed a plat just north of what later became Brookside. In 1888, the town of Brookside was founded by W.D. Thatcher and Willard P. Strong who […]

Fremont County

The 1918 Flu Pandemic

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World War I claimed the lives of an estimated 16 million people but an even deadlier killer snuck in on the coattails of the war. An estimated 50 million worldwide were killed in the flu pandemic of 1918 and at least one fifth of the population was infected. Katherine Anne Porter, born May 15, 1890, […]

Fremont County

A Tale of One City

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Back around the turn of the century, Cañon City boasted a unique club. It was purely a social club with no other objective than to gather and enjoy the works of Charles Dickens. It was one of only two clubs in the nation solely focused on Dickens, the other was the “All Around Dickens Club […]