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Cañon City Municipal Building and Museum

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1927, Eugene Groves. 612 Royal Gorge Blvd. (NR)

Cañon City's municipal building is a two-story Moderne structure in wire-cut brick with a terracotta portico for the recessed entrance. Fasces alternate with the torch of justice on the terracotta frieze. City offices are on the lower floors. Upstairs is a collection of Fremont County artifacts, including the animal trophy collection of Dallas De Weese, an early promoter of Cañon City. Other exhibits and fossils illustrate extensive discoveries of dinosaur remains from local digs, which since 1878 have provided skeletons to the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh, the Peabody Museum at Yale, and the Denver Museum of Natural History. The museum complex includes the Rudd Cabin (1860), the 28-by-20-foot hewn log home built by Anson Rudd, a pioneer settler, and his later house (1881), a two-story structure of uncoursed rubblestone quarried by convicts for Rudd, who donated the land for the state penitentiary and became its first superintendent.

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Thomas J. Noel


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Thomas J. Noel, "Cañon City Municipal Building and Museum", [Cañon City, Colorado], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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