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Great Balls of Fire!

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June 24 is World UFO Day, which seems like a good time to share an article from the museum research files. The article was printed in the Cañon City Daily Record on September 21, 1950 and reported on an event witnessed by Cañon City residents. Local People See Flying “Balls of Flame” Canon City people […]

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Fremont House

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The Fremont House, constructed in 1860 by Fernando Taylor, was an early hotel n Cañon City. The building was located at the end of Main Street and 1st Street and was three stories and made of stone. A general store and post office operated out of the building in the early years. In 1872, G. […]

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Phoning It In

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The Colorado Telephone Company began in 1881 in Denver and was established in Cañon City by 1887. An article in the Florence Daily Tribune on February 16, 1899 placed their rates at $3 a month. Austin L. Hatch assumed the management of the company in November 1900. At the time, according to the Cañon City […]

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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 […]