Black History Month

The Holliday Family

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Clabe (possibly Clay) Holliday and his wife, Mary, moved to Cañon City around 1902. The city directory of that year lists Clabe as a porter at the Strathmore, with a residence at 423 N. 5th Street. The couple may have been separated by 1905 as they are listed at different addresses. Clabe was living at […]

Black History Month

The Townsend Family

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In the early 1890s, Henry Townsend and his family moved to Cañon City from Leadville. According to city directories from Leadville, Henry worked as a barber during his residence in Leadville. The 1900 U.S. Federal Census lists Henry as a barber, but he appears in the 1902 Cañon City’s city directory as a rancher, living […]

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“The Post Office Dog”

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This blog was originally posted March 3, 2018. Recently, we came across a photo of King in our collection. We decided to re-post the blog and share this photo! If you can identify the postal worker with King, please reach out to us – we’d love to hear from you. Did you know the Cañon […]

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Lithia Bottling Company

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Lithia water is a type of mineral water than contains lithium salts. It was a popular water to consume at the end of the 1800s into the early 1900s. While there are natural lithia spring waters, many companies instead added lithia bicarbonate instead. Cañon City boasted its own Lithia Bottling plant which used water from […]

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The Cañon City Clipper

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The Cañon City Clipper newspaper started life in 1888 with F. P. Sheafor as editor. According to the masthead in 1895, the paper was published twice a week, on Tuesdays and Fridays. By that time the editor was Henry M. Mingay and a subscription was two dollars. However, an announcement in 1898 noted that Mingay […]