Ruxton's Trading Post

Ruxton's Trading Post is located in an historic building that straddles Ruxton Creek. Ruxton Creek served as a landmark and route for Native Americans and early 19th century explorers.  One of those explorers was Frederick Ruxton and it seemed appropriate that we name our store after him.

Ruxton Avenue is the route to the Cog Railway Station and the Barr Trail Trailhead. Ride the Cog Railway to the summit of Pikes Peak or test your stamina on Barr Trail, a 13 mile climb to the summit.

Ruxton's Trading Post features Cowboy and Indian Antiques and Collectibles and Native American Art. Please browse our site or contact us with your wants.

Gretchen and Mike Graham, Proprietors

Beacon Camp Blankets

Here is some information about these blankets that so many of us enjoy. Not all cotton indian design blankets are Beacon brand and not all Beacon blankets are all cotton. Some are all cotton but others are 5% to 50% wool. Some Beacon blankets starting around 1950 are part synthetic. The Beacon Manufacturing Company has been the world's largest producer of many types of blankets for almost a century and their name has become synonymous with patterned cotton blankets no matter which company made them. The Beacon Manufacturing Company started in March of 1905. The closed factory building burned down about September 3, 2003. Originally located in New Bedford, Massachusetts the company was moved to Swannanoa, North Carolina starting in 1925 with the entire company moving there in 1936. This was the beginning of the southern textile industry. Beacon blankets were used as Midway Prizes at state and county fairs across the country. These blankets were popular in all parts of the country. In addition to Beacon's large sales force private label blankets were produced for J. C. Penney, Montgomery Ward and Sears, Roebuck and Company. The Beacon blankets that so many of us enjoy collecting today were woven from no more than four colors. The bright and stylish geometric designs became very popular starting in the 1920's. For more information about these blankets I recommend the new book; BEACON BLANKETS MAKE WARM FRIENDS by Jerry and Kathy Brownstein. Hardcover, 176 pages, Published by Schiffer Books.

Ruxton's Trading Post

22 Ruxton Avenue
Manitou Springs, CO 80829

oldwest@pcisys.net
(719) 685-9024