From Here To Over There : Fremont County In The Great War
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Spanish Influenza

As horrific as the First World War was with over 16 million dead, the 1918 Flu Pandemic had an even greater death toll killing 3% to 5% of the world's population or an estimated 50 million people worldwide. Estimates vary because many cases went unreported or were misdiagnosed.

Around 25% of the United States population became ill. In Colorado nearly 8,000 people died; the majority occurring in Denver. The Cañon City Record reported on Thursday, December 12, 1918 that within the population of around 11,000 in Cañon City and surrounding areas 37 deaths were attributed to the flu. 1,300 cases were reported in total.

Cañon City had a very low death rate compared to the rest of the state. This was due to the precautions that were taken locally. Public gatherings were not permitted and schools were closed. Students received homework assignments by mail. The public gathering ban was kept in place even when it seemed the flu was on the decline. The mining communities in Fremont County like Rockvale were hit much harder by the disease.

This photo shows a group of local Volunteer Red Cross nurses during flu epidemic. According to Cañon City resident Evelyn Drake, "it was a scary time for all of us". The local Y.M.C.A. building served as a hospital, which was packed with cots. Her dad caught the flu and for weeks a nurse came to her house to help care for him.
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Red Cross Nurses; ca. 1918Red Cross Nurses; ca. 1918