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Dam Good Water

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It’s sometimes hard to imagine how Cañon City became the agricultural center it was during the 20th century. For one, water isn’t as abundant here as it is in many other places. That didn’t stop Dall DeWeese who decided he would find a water supply for his nursery and all the local orchards. DeWeese claimed […]

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Imagination Fuels Innovation

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You wouldn’t necessarily guess that bicycles and automobiles had much of a connection other than as a means of transportation but many early bike manufacturers also became pioneer automobile builders. In fact, many companies that still produce cars today have a history with bicycle manufacturing according to Carlton Reid, author of Roads Were Not Built […]

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Oh Chute!

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On September 7, 1970, the first known parachute jump took place at the Royal Gorge Bridge. Donald Boyles of Tulsa, Oklahoma used a limp hang glider (one that opened after he jumped) to make his 358th jump. He and a coworker, also a fellow parachute jumper, David Lomax, discussed the possibility of jumping off the […]

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Land Meets Sea…and Mountains

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In 1943 Cañon City renamed one of its peaks in honor of a former resident of Cañon City, Emory S. Land. The peak, topping in at 6,700 feet, had its name changed from YMCA Mountain to Lands Peak. It’s possible the peak was originally named YMCA Mountain because it was a popular location for members […]

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A Fowl Affair

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This Saturday is the unveiling of the new splash pad in Centennial Park. While the water will only be turned on for that one day between 1-4 pm before it’s turned off for fall, it will certainly be a nice addition to the park when the weather becomes warm again. It will be a great […]