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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 […]

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Concrete History

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The Ritzman Cement Company was opened in 1906 by John Ritzman on South 9th Street, in the former location of a smelter. The cement plant manufactured a variety of cement products including ornamental garden objects, irrigation tile, granaries, and ornamental building blocks. An example of ornamental building blocks is the former Rio Grande Hotel at […]

Acquisition Recognition

Acquisition Recognition

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“On Your Feet, Tiger Fans!” Today is National Sports Day! The museum received a bittersweet acquisition this month on behalf of the family of Don Packard, our favorite Cañon City Tiger. Mr. Packard passed away in September, leaving behind a legacy, and slogan, that will live on in Cañon City history. For his 90th birthday, […]