Canon City

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 Cañon City, county seat of Fremont County, is located at the mouth of the Royal Gorge in the foothills of the Rockies, 100 miles
from Denver, 45 miles southwest of Colorado Springs, and 35 miles west of Pueblo. The Arkansas River extends the entire 60-mile
length of Fremont County and flows through the City of Cañon City.       
Sheltered in a beautiful valley, Cañon City, elev. 5,343 feet, features a mild and hospitable climate year round. Cañon City is said to
be in the "Banana Belt of Colorado," seeing very few days of extreme weather each year.  
Cañon City's downtown area is listed on the National Historical Register, as it is abundant in early 1900's architecture. The quaint
atmosphere of the downtown area warrants a shopping trip to visit the local boutiques and merchants. Downtown Cañon City has
been well preserved over the years, and as such, is the largest historical commercial district in Colorado.     

                                      Annual Ghost Walks of Canon City!

Memorial Day through Labor Day (call for exact dates and times)

Contact Prison Museum at 719-269-3015

Join a historic walking tour/ GHOST WALK of Cañon City's  Downtown Area

Tours start at 6:30 pm from the Museum.  Advance tickets available or arrive at least 15 minutes prior to start.  Space may be
limited.  Tours last 1 to 1.2 hours.  Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather.
Adults:  $8.00        Youth(6-12):  $5.00

A historic and ghoulish walk through Cañon City, conducted by the Museum of Colorado Prisons, will be staged at 7 p.m. every
Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Labor Day.

Additional tours will be available for overflow crowds and will begin at 7:30 p.m.

The Cañon City Ghost Walk is a journey through the macabre and ghostly past as it winds through streets and alleys of downtown.

Guides, dressed in period costumes, recall grisly lynchings, haunted hotels and the lives of some of the city’s founding fathers. With
first-hand accounts of ghost sightings, the stories are historical and interesting.

The walk is approximately one mile and requires about one and a half hours. Participants need to wear walking shoes and dress
appropriately for the weather.

Tickets are available at the Museum of Colorado Prisons, 201 N. First St.; Dinosaur Depot Museum, 330 Royal Gorge Blvd. or the
Book Corral, 621 Main St.
Private party or group discount information is available from the Museum of Colorado Prisons at (719) 269-3015 or at the museum
which is open from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m daily.
Reservations are suggested, but walk-ins are welcome. A map featuring the walk is available.

Tours start from the Prison Museum
At 201 North First Street in Canon City, CO.
Advance tickets available at the Museum or arrive 15 minutes before tour begins and see if space is available.  The tour is
approximately 1 1.2 hour.

Prison Museum: (719) 269-3015


                                                Ghostly Tales
                           Prison museum offers history lesson with tour

Publish Date: 7/9/2007

Charlotte Burrous
The Daily Record

The twins love history.
When they had the chance to learn about Cañon City’s traditions with a twist, they jumped at the opportunity.

The 18-year-old twins from Lakewood, Stephanie and Kathy Crabtree, toured the downtown area Saturday with the Museum of
Colorado Prisons Ghostwalk, led by tour guide Jackie Ronco, who portrayed the character of Harriet Rudd.

“I think she had a lot of funny stories,” Stephanie said after the tour.

“There was a lot of history,” Kathy said. “It was really neat.”

The sisters camped in the area with their parents, Roy and Susan Crabtree. While here, the family visited the Royal Gorge and
accidentally saw the sign for the Museum of Colorado Prisons and the Ghostwalk, which spurred them to give it a try.

On the tour, the family learned that Cañon City was founded in 1860.

They said they were intrigued with the ghost stories which Ronco told them.

“At first, it seemed like she didn’t have many ghost stories, because that’s was what it was called,” Stephanie said.

“But she worked it in well with all the history,” Kathy said.

Both of them said they liked hearing the stories of the old buildings in Cañon City, which was originally a part of the Louisiana
purchase with the Spanish territory on the south side of the Arkansas River. The area had been explored by Spanish numerous
times before it was settled in the late 1850s.

“The last settlement was due to people who wanted to grow crops here to feed the miners,” Ronco said. “The miners would come to
Cañon City to get their supplies.”

Prior to becoming a settlement, the Indians spent their winters in this area.

When the mining declined, all of the settlers left the area with the exception of the Rudds, who continued to lure settlers into the
town. If it hadn’t have been for the Resurrectionists, Cañon City may have become a ghost town.

As Ronco told the stories of the different buildings, she weaved in stories of ghosts. For instance, in the former Colorado Hospital,
people have said they hear moaning and groaning from the basement, where the morgue was once located. In the St. Cloud Hotel,
several ghosts have reportedly live there. One story Ronco told is of a little girl who visited one of the rooms where another little girl
was staying. At the end of the day, the mother called the clerk to find out the room number of the other little girl, she was told there
were no little girls staying in the hotel.

Another clerk said he heard loud voices late one night coming from the front lobby, where a western art was on display, but he could
not make out the words even though the words were loud. He couldn’t see anyone in the lobby either.

Harriet Rudd was noted for her ability to play the piano, which the Indians loved to hear. One time when she saw them outside the
door, she was too busy to stop her duties. On the living room floor, there was a mama cat with her kittens. Harriet put the cats inside
the grand piano, where they made lots of noise. When the Indians came to the door, Harriet said she didn’t think she should play the
piano for them today because it was “possessed.” When the Indians heard the racket, they left and never came back.

These were just a few of the stories Ronco told the tour as she walked down to Seventh Street on Macon Avenue then made the
return trip on Main Street.

The twins’ mother, Susan, said she was surprised by how many people visited the museum.

“I thought it was strange that all these people were coming to this museum,” Susan said. “I thought we’d be the only ones coming to
the prison museum. It wasn’t going to be something I was going to tell anyone at my office.”

But the twins were enthralled by the experience.

“It’s cool,” Stephanie said.

“Especially for history buffs,” Kathy said. “Even people who don’t like history would like it.”

The ghostwalk tours are offered during the weekend throughout the summer. The walk begins at 6:30 p.m. Meet at 6:15 p.m. in front
of the Museum of Colorado Prisons, 201 N. First St. New this year is the Cemetery Crawl, where tours are taken to the Greenwood

For more information, call 269-3015.

Charlotte Burrous can be reached at


                                              A walk on the wild side

Canon City Daily Record article

Charlotte Burrous
Daily Record Community Editor

Ghosts stories, historical facts and myths will highlight the Cañon City Ghost Walk at the Museum of Colorado Prisons, 201 N. First
St., throughout the summer weekends.
On Sunday, the museum will offer half-price tickets to Fremont County residents for $4 for adults and $2.50 for youth ages 6-12 with
a Fremont County identification. The discount will be offered again on the last Sunday of July and August.

Participants are asked to arrive by 6:15 p.m. with the tours beginning at 6:30 p.m. Friday through Monday during the summer.

The tour begins with an old west character guiding the individuals on a stroll up Macon Avenue to Seventh Street, listening to stories
as they pass the old hospital, the Presbyterian Church and the St. Cloud Hotel, then back to the museum on Main Street.

Along the way, guides will point out the original location of the courthouse and other places where it was moved, the old St. Thomas
More Hospital, the Colorado Hospital, several locations for the post office and the Elks Lodge, which was originally on Main Street
before the building was constructed at its present site on Macon Avenue.

Cañon City, which was claimed by Spain, Mexico and Texas at one time or another, sometimes all at the same time, had its
beginnings in the 1850s.

“We tell about hangings,” organizer and guide Sandi Jackson said. “We tell about the terror of 1863 with the Espinoza murders.”

The tour guides discovered a book titled, “Hollywood, Colorado.”

“(The book) talks about the moviemaking in Colorado, which is centered around Cañon City, from 1909-1911. We could have been
Hollywood,” she joked.

The museum also offers special tours for groups of 10 or more. To make reservations, call 269-3015.

In October, the museum plans to offer the Big House Scream haunted house during the last two weekends. Historic and creepy
“felons” gather at the Old Cellhouse 4, where outside the prison walls, visitors get a “taste of Halloween horror with spirits of former
inmates with creepy stories to tell.”

Regular ticket prices are $8 for adults and $5 for children the rest of the tours.

Contact: Prison Museum 719/269-3015

                                                                           The St. Cloud Hotel
                                                                                   (Currently closed)

                                                                                631 Main Street

                                                   (inactive website)

The St. Cloud is a historic, red brick, Victorian building, built in 1883 during the gold rush days, and is listed on the National Register
of Historic Places. Its guests enjoy a gracious experience, with comfortable accommodations and a view to the past. It's a fun hotel to
explore with its many antiques, hotel rooms that are all a little different, original paintings by local artists displayed throughout and
friendly staff tp answer any questions you may have. For your convenience, we have a gourmet coffee shop, tiger oak bar from the
1890's, elegant, old fashion dining room and small conference room. The lobby is equipped with comfortable chairs to rexax in while
waiting for friends.

The St. Cloud is located in the historical district of Canon City, just a block off of Royal Gorge Boulevard, the main thoroughfare
through town. It has easy access to the many area attractions and activities. Most are within 15 minutes or less of the hotel. Come
visit with us and experience a piece of the past with the conveniences of today.


If you visit southern Colorado to walk the wooden planks of the Royal Gorge Bridge or ride the scenic Royal Gorge Route Train, the
St. Cloud Hotel is the recommended hotel for you.

Located in Cañon City, the St. Cloud Hotel served as theheadquarters for several moviemakers during the 1940's and 1950's. Scott
Brady, the star of the film Cañon City, lived at the hotel while filming the movie about the prison break of 1947. The hotel has also
hosted other famous guests including Burt Lancaster, Slim Pickins, and Charles Bronson.    

The St. Cloud Hotel has experienced a complicated past. The hotel was originally built in Silver Cliff in Custer County and later
moved brick by brick to its present location. In the 1930s the hotel housed The Rambler Print Shop, which printed a small Ku Klux
Klan newspaper.

Employees and guests will tell you that some of the rooms are haunted. The television in room 209 has a reputation of turning itself
on and off, and the spirit of a little girl is believed to wander the halls of the hotel in search of her mother, who stayed there after the
little girl’s death. Other strange phenomena have occurred at the hotel, such as when the former owners were renovating and
painters found a large bubble filled with water connected on the wall between two rooms.

The first thing front desk clerk Lawrence Blesi noticed when he began working at the hotel was the face of a young boy painted on
the wall outside the entry way to the St. Cloud Bar.

"I was sitting at my desk my first night here, and I glanced over and saw him staring back at me. I don’t know if the lady who painted
the hallway intentionally blended him in with her work, but he is definitely there."

The lobby to the St. Cloud is a cozy gathering place for guests. A fireplace keeps guests sitting on the antique chairs and couches
warm in the chilly winter months. There is also a grand piano situated in the lobby for guests to play and enjoy.       

The hotel serves as a combination hotel and apartment house. The rooms on the fourth floor have been converted into apartments,
while the bottom three floors remain hotel rooms.

There are 35 units, which provide a variety of single room and suite accommodations. Individual and unique artwork decorates the
hotel room walls. Each room comes with a private bath and wooden vanity. The honeymoon suite is connected to the hotel’s
veranda, which overlooks Cañon City’s main street. The oldest operating elevator in Colorado takes guests from floor to floor.

The hotel features a dining room, coffee house, and lounge all available for guests to use. The dining room can be transformed into
a banquet hall for weddings and community gatherings. The owners plan to re-open The St. Cloud Bar and Grill in the summer of
2003. The St. Cloud also welcomes guests traveling with pets.  

Source: Southern Colorado Magazine/  Author: Anna Herman

                                  Haunted Prison Museum!

Held annually usually around the weekend before Halloween

Please call the museum for dates and times: (719) 269- 3015

Come celebrate Halloween at the Haunted Prison Museum!

Adult scares will be held upstairs.   Children 12 and under will enjoy games, ghost stories and crafts downstairs.  
Adults: $8.00       Children 12 and under: $5.00

The museum is hosting a haunted house, where the state's most infamous former inhabitants will be brought back to life in the upper
level of the museum (festivities geared for the adults) and activities for the 10-and-younger crowd will get under way on the lower

Cañon City is located approximately 30 miles from Pueblo, 38 miles from Colorado Springs and 120 miles from Denver.  

The Museum of Colorado Prisons is located on the west end of Cañon City, just one block off of Highway 50 on 1st Street and next
to the Colorado Territorial Correctional Facility or "Old Max" as it is known (which is in Florence).

Prison Museum
201 North 1st Street
Canon City


Canon City Daily Record article:

Publish Date: 10/27/2006

Haunted house in town this weekend

Charlotte Burrous
The Daily Record

Just in time for Halloween, the ghosts of infamous criminals and inmates will haunt the former women’s prison.
The Big House Scream Haunted House will begin at 7 p.m. tonight and Saturday at the Museum of Colorado Prisons, 201 N. First St.
in Cañon City.

“It’s a scary building anyway,” said Donna Murphy, museum board member. “Then when we decorate it with black lights, strobe lights
and cobwebs, it’s frightening.”

The true stories are what makes the haunted house more unique than other haunted houses, she continued.

Participants will be taken on a guided tour of the prison to listen to stories from the guides as the spooks make their appearances.

Volunteers tell the stories of true characters, including Alferd Packard, who is Colorado’s own cannibal.
Along the way, he jumps out of one of the cells or creeps up behind.

Another infamous character, Spiderman killed the owner of the house in his own kitchen and then escaped into an attic through a
hole not much bigger than a cigar box, where he stayed for several months before he was caught in Denver, Murphy said.

Another character portrayed is John Gilbert Graham, who set a bomb in Flight 269 out of Denver in 1955.

“He killed 46 people because he didn’t like his mother,” Murphy said. “He also bought insurance.”

Other infamous ghosts will hang around and haunt the museum as the tour goes through the museum.

Murphy encourages parents to not bring children under 6 or others who are sensitive and may be frightened.

“We try to tone it down when we have to,” Murphy said.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for youth 6 to 12 and may be purchased at the door.
For more information, call 269-3015.

                  Murder Mysteries Trains on the Royal Gorge Route Railroad!

Murder mystery trains

Enjoy an evening of delicious food, breathtaking scenery, outstanding service and a classic "who dunnit" murder mystery!
(Minimum age 12)

The Dinner Train has taken a new twist. World class taste, world class service, and world class entertainment, all add up to one
unforgettable trip! Available on select evenings throughout the year, you’ll be treated to a classic “who dunnit” murder mystery.
Together with the talents of Red Herring Productions, experience the likes of “Murder in Buffalo Chip” or “Murder Speaks Easy” and
try to figure out who committed the crime. Did the gunfighter do it? Did the widow? Maybe the sheriff. Only one thing is certain, you
will enjoy a wonderful dinner, great entertainment and experience railroading’s most breathtaking train ride!

2008 murder mystery schedule:

May: 24th (limited availability both departures)
June: 20th, 27th
July: 11th, 18th, 25th
August: 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th, 30th
September: 13th
October: 4th
November 15th
December: 13th and 20th

Please note that our tables seat parties of 4. When seated with another couple, you and your guest will be seated on the same side
of the table. Larger groups will be seated at adjacent tables.

Seating is limited and Murder Mystery trains sell out quickly, so make your reservations early online or by calling us at: 1.888.RAILS.
4U or 303-569-1000.

~Royal Gorge Route Railroad~ Murder Mystery Train Menu:

•Appetizer Chef's choice of appetizers that are sure to please!

•Following the appetizer, enjoy a cocktail or glass of wine from the private cash bar, and wander out on one of our open cars as the
enters the Royal Gorge.

•Shortly after departure, a chilled Summer Greens Salad will be served and Fresh Baked Breads

Choice of Entree:
•Roast Prime Rib of Angus Beef - A generous 14-16 ounce cut served with a scrumptious garlic mashed potatoes and fresh julliane
•Fresh Salmon with Herbed Wild Rice Blend and fresh vegetables.

Dessert: Our Chef will prepare a delicious dessert for you to enjoy!

Every effort will be made to accommodate any special dietary or physical needs. Are you celebrating a special occasion? Let us
know at the time your reservations are made. For questions about accessibility of the train and its different classes please call the
reservations department at 888-724-5748 prior to booking a reservation on our web site.

Call Dona Basham, Group Sales Manager, 888-724-5748, ext. 157, to book the entire car for your special group.

Red Herring Productions of Colorado Springs, CO, led by Don Moon, will be performing “Murder in Buffalo Chip” while passengers
dine and ride in comfort through the magnificent Royal Gorge.

During the journey the train follows along the mighty Arkansas River directly through the Royal Gorge , with the towering granite
cliffs looming over 1,000 feet above the train.

This special Murder Mystery Dinner Train will depart from the Canon City Depot in Canon City, CO at: 5:00 PM . The journey lasts 2
½ hours, covering a round-trip distance of 24 miles.

The per-person price is $95.00 and includes the train ride, the Murder Mystery performance, a 4 course gourmet dinner of Angus
prime rib or fresh salmon, and a complimentary glass of champagne or sparkling cider. The price is non-inclusive of gratuity and
cash bar. Guests should plan on arriving at least 30-minutes prior to the scheduled departure to pick up tickets. Seating is limited for
this special Murder Mystery Dinner train and reservations are required.

The Royal Gorge Route Railroad runs every weekend at: 12:30 PM with gourmet lunch, coach and first class seating available along
with gourmet dinner trains every Saturday evening at: 5:00 PM. Reservations can be made, and additional information received, by
calling 1-888-RAILS4U, or visiting

Royal Gorge Route Railroad
Santa Fe Depot
401 Water Street
Cañon City, CO 81212
1-888-RAILS-4-U (1-888-724-5748)
FAX: 303-569-2894

                               Buckskin Joe's Town of Terror 2008!
                                                                              Canon City

YOU thought the nightmare was over forever, YOU thought you'd never be scared again, YOU... WERE WRONG!

Back with a vengeance!

Buckskin Joe's Town of Terror 2008 Dates:  
October 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th, 28th - Nov. 1st

See what evil is lurking around the next corner this year as the staff of Buckskin Joe transform this peaceful old west town into a
sinister haunted attraction that rivals the best of the best anywhere. Leave it to our twisted staff to take something already scary at
night and turn it into something so down right demented that adults literally wet themselves, on a nightly basis. No wonder it is fast
becoming known as one of the most frightening haunted attractions in Colorado.

Buckskin Joe exploits its own renowned haunted history, which was highlighted on the History Channel’s - Haunted Rockies Series,
to turn Town of Terror into something hauntingly special. Inexplicable things that go on here day after day and year after year only
enhance the visitor’s experience. Some have seen little children, apparently part of the haunt, only to be told there are no children
involved with the haunt. Still others feel the touch of another only to turn and see no one. This is the experience that awaits the most
hardened haunt seekers.

Imagine a haunt, isolated from city noise and lights, set in the Colorado foothills where no one will hear you scream. Imagine a quiet
so loud it drives ones imagination wild, or does it? Imagine stepping into a town surrounded by the specters of buildings from a time
long ago. They themselves, ghosts of a past forgotten and silhouetting the night sky like evil guardians of the sinister town. Imagine
rounding a corner and being face to face with the Lincoln Theatre (the Grand Central Station for nether world activity in Buckskin
Joe), its eyes keeping watch over the town. Remembrances of a past fraught with death and destruction. A past as an old barn used
for public executions in the late 1800’s and additionally to store bodies in during the winter until the spring thaw came and softened
the ground for burial. Now imagine that you are in the town alone, separated from the people you trust and the only way out will take
you through the depths of your own soul.

Warning this event is not recommended for persons who are faint at heart, claustrophobic, are prone to seizures or recommended
for young children. Uneven footing, tight, enclosed spaces, low lighting, strobe lights and fog effects are in use.

A few lucky souls each year get an additional experience of seeing our real ghosts each year, will you be one?

TICKET PRICES:  Adults ~~ $ TBD-- Children (ages 4-11) ~~ $ TBD

Not recommended for children under age 12-- Please believe us when we say that this is not recommended
for children under 12.  Little kids rarely make it all the way through and we will not issue a refund.

We accept the following methods of payment: Cash, MasterCard, Visa & Discover
Please note we do not accept any personal checks even local. Click here for discount coupons-- Call (719) 275-5485 or 5149 if you
need futher information.  Located 8 miles west of Cañon City, on the road to the Royal Gorge.

Voted the best haunted attraction in Colorado 2 years in a row!

(719) 275-5485--- or--- (719) 275-5149

******Note: This place is really haunted. Click here for the story!


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