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The National Guard

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Located at 110 Main Street, the Cañon City State Armory is the longest continuously used armory in the state. The building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in August 1999 due to its historical significance. The National Guard in Colorado has a long history dating back to the American Civil War when […]

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Climate Capital of Colorado

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Cañon City is known as the “Climate Capital of Colorado” despite its elevation of over 5,300 feet. The unique location of the city in a valley is what keeps it protected from harsh conditions and keeps the weather so mild. Clearly things haven’t changed as Cañon City was promoted in the Cañon City Colorado Record […]

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No Taxation Without…Tokens?

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Colorado became a state on August 1, 1876. While searching for something interesting for a blog to celebrate Colorado’s birthday as a state, we came across something unusual in the collection. Known as sales tax tokens, these pieces were used to pay sales tax on small purchases in some states during the years of the […]

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Weather You Like It or Not

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It certainly doesn’t feel like its almost summer right now in Cañon City does it? Despite the cooler weather we’ve been having lately, Cañon City is generally a temperate climate to live in. Even back in 1897 they knew it! Here is an article from the Cañon City Clipper on January 5, 1897 that extols […]