The Museum of Colorado Prisons has 32 cells from a former prison, a hangman’s noose used in Colorado’s last execution by hanging, weapons and contraband confiscated from inmates, the state’s last gas chamber, photographs depicting life in prison facilities, and items used in disciplining inmates.
Cañon City is a small city on the Arkansas River that’s best known as the home of state and federal prisons, including Colorado’s death chamber.
The Haplocanthosaurus was first discovered in Garden Park near Cañon City by paleontologists J.B. Hatcher and W. Utterback from Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Museum of Natural History in 1901.
The bones of the Ceratosaurus, a meat-eating predator from the Jurassic period, were first found in Garden Park near Cañon City.
The first skeleton of the gigantic, plant-eating Diplodocus was found in Garden Park near Cañon City in 1877 by S.W. Williston, a field worker for paleontologist Othniel Marsh.
Bones of the Epanterias, a ferocious meat-eating dinosaur, were first discovered at Garden Park near Cañon City in 1877.
There are two Colorado origins for the Allosaurus – part of a tail vertebrae found by local residents near Granby and set of bones collected from Garden Park north of Cañon City.
Vertebrae from the Camarasaurus, a gigantic, plant-eating dinosaur, were found in 1877 by Fremont County Schools Superintendent O.W. Lucas in Garden Park six miles north of Cañon City.
Garden Park, six miles north of Cañon City, was one of the world’s most productive spots for dinosaur discoveries starting in 1877.
Staff The Dinosaur Depot Museum, located in a former firehouse, tells the story of the major dinosaur discoveries at Garden Park north of Cañon City that began in 1877 and included the first bones from several species of dinosaurs that led to the naming of those giant reptiles. The highlight of the museum is a replica of the world’s most complete Stegosaurus skeleton, which was found at Garden Park in…