Franktown in Douglas County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
property of the State of Colorado
Named for J. Frank Gardiner, a
pioneer who settled here in 1859.
First known as "California Ranch,"
it was a way station on the stage
line between Denver and Sante Fe.
In a stockade built here, neighbors
found refuge from Indians in 1864.
Franktown became the first county
seat of Douglas County in 1861.
The State Historical Society of Colorado
from The Mrs. J.N. Hall Foundation and by
The American Pioneer Trails Association,
Dr. Margaret Long and Children of Franktown.
Erected 1946 by The State Historical Society of Colorado from The Mrs. J.N. Hall Foundation and by The American Pioneer Trails Association, Dr. Margaret Long and Children of Franktown. (Marker Number 57.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the History Colorado marker series.
Location. 39° 23.351′ N, 104° 45.156′ W. Marker is in Franktown, Colorado, in Douglas County. Marker is on Colorado Route 83 0.1 miles south of Colorado Route 86, on the right Click for map. Located on the west side and in a small gravel pullout of Colorado Highway 83, just south of Colorado Highway 86. Marker is in this post office area: Franktown CO 80116, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Russellville - History of Franktown / Franktown Country - Timber Industry (approx. 1.3 miles away); Castle Rock (approx. 5.9 miles away); Douglas (approx. 5.9 miles away); Good Roads in Colorado (approx. 5.9 miles away); The Rock (approx. 5.9 miles away); Historic Section House (approx. 8.7 miles away); Elizabeth Main Street (approx. 8.7 miles away); Ave Maria Chapel (approx. 8.9 miles away).
Regarding Franktown. At first, Franktown was called Frankstown until around 1900 when the post office dropped the 's'.
Also see . . . Franktown Colorado history. (Submitted on July 26, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Categories. • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers •
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