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How one man is trying to rehab buildings - and the reputation - of a Colorado town

Posted On: Jun 25, 2019   |   Posted By: WGN TV

CANON CITY, Colo. - About 10,000 residents of Canon City do not get to see the mountains the city sits below, because they are in prison. This prison is home to criminals like the Unabomber, the Boston Bomber and the man who attacked the World Trade Center in 1993.
Many jobs in the town are related to the prison and several structures in the town are vacant and in disrepair. Residents say the stone walls and boarded windows don't tell the whole story of Canon City. People smile at each other as they walk down the streets, and residents say that's not necessarily true in other places.
With the help of tax credits, resident Stan Bullis purchased several buildings and is in the process of restoring and reshaping the city's story. His passion is to bridge the old to the new, and make it relevant for the next 100 years.
Canon City is two hours south of Denver and sits in the valley of the Arkansas River. Trappers and hunters arrived in the 19th century, and then miners.
The beauty of the town attracted the silent...

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