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Denver - South of Denver are towns called, Canon City and Florence, Pueblo Salida, Trinidad and Cotopaxi.  Tucked off to the side of Canon City is the small town of Prospect Heights.  Approx 60 people live there to day. 

So where did Cowboys like Tom Mix go
for a drink? 

Prospect Height: Founded by a Slavic enclave of mine workers, the enterprising residents incorporated to take advantage of the neighboring "dry" communities of Cañon City and South Cañon. This jail was constructed in 1906, and was the only municipal building for the town of Prospect Heights



Places for cowboys to "dry out"

Cotopaxi In the early 1880's Cotopaxi had a Russian Jewish agricultural colony. Over twenty Jewish families, most of whom were from Russia, immigrated to Cotopaxi in 1882. Their sponsor, Emanuel Saltiel, deceived them into coming by promising them rich farm lands. What he really wanted was cheap labor for his mine!
Canon City was the state headquarter of the KKK. During the 1920s, Colorado had the largest and most influential Knights of the Ku Klux Klan following of any other state west of the Mississippi River. When the Roman Catholic Church announced its intent to build the Holy Cross Abbey in Cañon City in 1923, the Klan leaders recognized the event as a direct threat on Protestant superiority and "100% American" ideology.
Note: This notion of the KKK and Protestant superiority and "100% American" ideology - set family and friends against each other.  And over the years the KKK and "100% American" ideology died out in Canon City.

Tom Mix was the top cowboy of American silent films. Mix was known for his daring stunts, and as years passed became equally famous for his elaborate cowboy outfits; he's the model for the dandyish, squeaky-clean movie cowboy that was much parodied in later years. Mix also had a famous steed, Tony the Wonder Horse. Mix's movie career ended when silent films were replaced by talkies, but later the Tom Mix radio program ran for nearly 20 years, with various actors providing the voice of "Tom Mix."


TOM MIX - western movie star got his start in Canon City in 1910


The Selig Polyscope Company of Chicago pioneered in Colorado, opening a Denver office around the turn of the century. They shot more than forty films during 1911 and 1912 in the Cañon City area, and stunt rider Tom Mix became a local favorite. But Selig left for warmer weather in Prescott, Arizona, and eventually, Los Angeles. In January 1914, the Colorado Motion Picture Company moved to Cañon City [1]. After shooting half a dozen movies, their lead actress and cameraman drowned in a tragic accident while filming. It signaled the end of the production company.


[1] Picture Company office were located on 3rd Main.

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