“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Cañon City in Fremont County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)

405 Main Street

405 Main Street Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, July 7, 2020
1. 405 Main Street Marker
This Seven Feet and Apartment Entrance
is Dedicated to the City Council and Administration
2016 - 2020

Ron and Sheila Kimmell restored this ground level apartment in April of 2012. Nine months later, the City changed the code disallowing any ground floor apartments in the Downtown Central Business District. Four years following, a City Councilwoman took exception to the Kimmell's apartment. A nasty political battle ensued between the City and the Kimmells. The Kimmells stood firm, maintaining the City changed the code after the fact. The City maintained they could enforce the current code regardless of such. The City reigned victorious in the Courts that ruled that the City could enforce the current code at their discretion. Consequently, the Kimmells were heavily fined and forced to evict their tenant.

The Kimmells conceded their loss, evicted their tenant, and boarded up all of their vacant ground floor spaces. They wanted to protect the vacant property against vandalism while drawing attention to the City's zealous actions against them.

Once again, the Kimmells fell in disfavor
405 Main Street Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, July 7, 2020
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with the City because the boards did not project the image they desired regardless of the safety concerns. There wasn't a code in place that could force the Kimmells to remove the boards. To address the Kimmell's objectionable boards, the City purposefully crafted another new code that required the Kimmells to remove them. This time, the Kimmells didn't challenge the City. Once they passed the new code, they obediently removed the boards. They contracted a professional artist to commemorate the historical value of the City's wisdom, sense of justice, and the authority they commanded over their citizens.

Indeed, the City reigned victorious over the Kimmell's seven feet of property. Let these remaining symbolic boards on this building serve as their trophy. May they also forever serve as a reminder and bear witness to the means by which it was won.

City Administrator Tony O'Rourke • Mayor Preston Troutman • District One Frank Jaquez • District Two Mayor Pro Tem Ashley Smith • District Three John Hammerick, Dennis Weid • District Four Mark Gill, Kaitlyin Tuner • Council at Large Amanda Cochran, Jim Miesner, Scott Eckstrom, Dolly Gonzales, Kathy Schumacher
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Government & Politics. A significant historical year for this entry is 2012.
Location. 38° 26.403′ 
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N, 105° 14.503′ W. Marker is in Cañon City, Colorado, in Fremont County. Marker is on Main Street east of 4th Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 405 Main Street, Canon City CO 81212, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First People, Explorers & Settlers (a few steps from this marker); Raynolds Bank (within shouting distance of this marker); The Banana Belt of Colorado (within shouting distance of this marker); Hotel St. Cloud (approx. 0.2 miles away); St. Cloud Hotel (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Presbyterian Church (approx. ¼ mile away); Bustling Center for Trade, Transportation, and Tourism (approx. ¼ mile away); The Gold Belt Tour National Scenic Byway (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cañon City.
More about this marker. This is one of two identical markers posted at this site.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 18, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 18, 2020, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 128 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 18, 2020, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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Mar. 20, 2023