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Coal Creek

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The oldest coal camp in Colorado, Coal Creek, was once quite a large bustling hub of activity. The town was first platted in 1887 by Harry and Willard Teller. However, the town had already been well established by that point however with coal discovered in 1860. The first major coal mine was the Canfield, doing […]

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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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What’s That Smelt?

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The American Zinc-Lead Company was built in 1891 at an expense of $200,000 dollars just to the east of 4th Street and Prospect Heights. It was constructed with the purpose of handling ore which contained zinc and copper. In the first 18 months of operation, 1,7000 car loads of ore and fuel were consumed with […]

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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 […]