The Heritage Center maintains a research center or reading room for public use. Researchers, historians, genealogists, students, reporters, and anyone interested in the history of the Royal Gorge Region are invited to look through our vast collection.
Our staff is very knowledgable on the history of the area and can assist researchers in locating sources of information for their research projects. The Heritage Center has thousands of research files that cover numerous historical topics and local families from Fremont County. We also have a collection of city directories, phonebooks, cemetery records, and school yearbooks from the area. Other holdings include archival documents from various local organizations and businesess, family photo albums, scrapbooks, and regional maps. Our photograph and negative collection is quite extensive as well. The Reading Room has two microfilm reader/printers with several regional newspapers on microfilm.
Anyone interested in using our Reading Room can visit during our open hours Wednesday – Saturday from 10 am - 4 pm. The Reading Room is free and open to the public. Photocopy fees may apply.
Researchers not able to visit our Reading Room in person can always contact us with your research requests. We provide research services for those who need help in finding answers to their questions and who are not able to make it to the Heritage Center.
Our service fee is $20.00 for every hour spent doing research. The $20.00 covers one hour of research plus up to 10 photocopies of information.
Please call us at (719) 269-9036 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
The Heritage Center has a large collection of historic images of the Royal Gorge Region dating from the 1870s to the present. The images cover a wide range of topics from natural landmarks, landscapes, historic buildings, events, and people from the area. The collection includes photographic prints, glass plate negatives, 35 mm film negatives, and transparency slides.
If you are interested in looking at our photograph collection, please visit our Reading Room during our normal open hours. High quality reproductions of photographic images are available for personal or commercial use.
Please contact the Museum Staff HERE for pricing on Digital Image Scanning, Digital Media, Audiovisual Media Reproductions & other Services.
He helped to acquire funding for the construction of the building with the condition that the second floor of the building would always be a museum. He also stipulated that the building be fire proof with concrete floors and sturdy walls to hold large taxidermy mounts. DeWeese even designed the fireplace on the second floor that incorporates dinosaur fossils, petrified wood, minerals and a part of a stalactite. The first artifacts displayed in the museum were of course items collected and donated by Dall DeWeese.
Denver architect Eugene Groves designed the building. He also was the architect of the former Cañon City High School (now the Middle School), the Administration Building at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, and the American Mountaineering Center in Golden, Colorado, just to name a few. The Municipal Building is listed on the National Register of Historic Properties.
Today, the Cañon City Municipal Building houses the Heritage Center’s exhibit galleries, program room, and research room.
Royal Gorge Regional Museum & History Center
612 Royal Gorge Blvd.
P.O. Box 1460
Cañon City, CO 81215
Open: Wednesday - Saturday 10:00am - 4:00pm