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Making A Spectacle

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Instead of frames that fit around the ears, these glasses above feature clamps that pinch the nose. Their name, pince-nez, means “to pinch” in French. As theses glasses lacked a way to make them secure on the face, they were often attached to a chain with some form of support – such as hair pin […]

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“Most remarkable and most interesting”

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Soon after the museum was opened, the city was proud to share the praise it received by visitors from Denver, Oklahoma, and New York. The displays were much admired by members of the scientific community as noted by the paper:   Cañon City Said To Possess Fine Museum Exhibit Cañon City Daily Record July 31, […]

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Constructing the Past

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During the construction of the Royal Gorge Regional Museum & History Center, this rusted cap and ball revolver was found. George Cowdrey, the City Engineer discovered the piece of history during the digging of the basement. There is a possibility it belonged to Anson Rudd, who owned the property and buildings behind the museum. Cap […]

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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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Watch Out!

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As the story goes, this watch was donated in 1969 when it fell off its chain into the bison exhibit here in the museum. Apparently, the watch wanted to join the bison as a part of the exhibit! Fortunately for the watch, the curator at the time, Donald Duncan, suggested it be donated after its […]