Cañon City

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From its early days as a frontier town to now, Colorado’s Cañon City has a rich and unique history even in comparison to other former Gold Rush towns. From the scenic and geological diversity to some of the initial oil discoveries in the United States, this Fremont County seat has been a hub of coal mining and archaeological discoveries, particularly of dinosaur remains. Here the Royal Gorge Bridge crosses the Arkansas River, 1,053 feet below, as the highest suspension span in the world. The temperate weather means long growing seasons, celebrated each May by the Blossom and Music Festival. Once a commerce center supplying food, lumber, and other goods to surrounding gold towns--from Cripple Creek to Leadville--Cañon City also once was a silent-film capital, the base for hundreds of motion pictures produced after the beginning of the 20th century. Like most of history, times weren’t always good in Cañon City, reflected in the first territorial prison founded here, many more still operating today. Enjoy the rich history of Cañon City in this collection of 15 historic black-and-white postcards.
ISBN: 9780738580470
Format: Postcard Pack
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Colorado
Series: Postcards of America
Images: 200
Pages: 15
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 4.25 (h)
Author Anne Vinnola, a Cañon City area resident and history aficionado, has written scores of magazine and newspaper articles for hunting and outdoors publications. With these vintage images and assistance from the Royal Gorge Regional Museum and History Center, she provides a vivid window into the Cañon City of yesterday.
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