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    Fremont County, named for the American explorer John C. Fremont, was established in 1861 as one of the original seventeen counties of the Colorado Territory.
    Fremont County
  • John C. Fremont

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    Fremont County is named for John C. Fremont, an American explorer who led several expeditions in search of railroad routes through Colorado during the mid-nineteenth century.
    John C. Fremont
  • Ku Klux Klan in Canon City

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    An image from the first organizational meeting of the Cañon City Klan No. 21 on Jan. 26, 1924, at the Natatorium, a public swimming pool at the corner of Dozier and Central.
    Ku Klux Klan in Canon City



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