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Cañon City in Fremont County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Bustling Center for Trade, Transportation, and Tourism

 
 
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By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, July 8, 2020
1. Bustling Center for Trade, Transportation, and Tourism Marker
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During the late 18th century and early 19th century, Cañon City prospered as a trade and transportation center serving the agriculture and mining industries of the region. From its earliest days, Cañon City attracted visitors to soak in warm mineral springs, enjoy mild winters and view the wonder of "The Grand Canyon of the Arkansas River" — the Royal Gorge. In 1929, the world's highest suspension bridge was constructed across this gorge, enhancing the ability to view this incredible geologic feature. It continues to bring thousands of visitors annually to the area.

Make the most of your visit to Cañon City...
• Stroll down Main Street and enjoy unique shops and restaurants housed in the historic downtown district. Take a walking tour of the refreshing authenticity of the late 19th century architecture and the cultural atmosphere of Cañon City's many churches, Carnegie Library and Fremont Center for the Arts — all part of our central historic business district. The free walking tour brochure available at the Chamber of Commerce office and the tourist information cabins.
• Visit Cañon City's museums.
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The elegant Municipal Museum complex features exhibits of local memorabilia and the historic log home and stone residence of Cañon City's pioneers. The Dinosaur Depot Museum exhibits fossil finds from the nearby fossil beds. The Museum of Colorado Prisons is housed in the historic Women's Prison cell house.
• Relax, play, picnic, or play tennis in one of our downtown parks. Fish in the Arkansas River.
• Stretch your legs or bicycle on our-scenic trails. The Arkansas River Walk follows the Arkansas River through woods and wetlands for 3 miles. The Tunnel Drive Trail features extraordinary vistas and three rock hewn tunnels.
• Raft the mighty Arkansas River with one of the many quality rafting tour companies.
• See a postcard view of our picturesque community from Skyline Drive.
• Experience the breathtaking scenery of the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park, the world's highest suspension bridge, located 8 miles west of town. Or view it from beneath via train. Powered by a 1950's diesel engine, the train departs from the restored-Santa Fe Depot and travels through the gorge to Parkdale.
• There's more than one day of adventure in Cañon City. Stay overnight in one of our quality motels or campgrounds and enjoy the many amenities offered in our area.

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Top left: Skyline Drive, built by prison inmates, offers a beautiful view
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Center right: Downtown Cañon City, a National Historic District. The buildings express a quality of design and richness of detail characteristic of architectural styles of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
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Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & ViaductsSettlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 38° 26.213′ N, 105° 14.671′ W. Marker is in Cañon City, Colorado, in Fremont County. Marker is on Royal Gorge Boulevard (U.S. 50) east of South 3rd Street, on the right when traveling east. Marker is located in Veterans Park near the Cañon City Visitor's Center cabin. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 200 Royal Gorge Boulevard, 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. The Gold Belt Tour National Scenic Byway (here, next to this marker); Lt. Zebulon Pike's Southwestern Expedition (here, next to this marker); Colorado Territorial Prison (approx. 0.2 miles away); Raynolds Bank (approx. ¼ mile away); 405 Main Street (approx. ¼ mile away); First People, Explorers & Settlers (approx. ¼ mile away); The Banana Belt of Colorado (approx. 0.3 miles away); St. Cloud Hotel (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cañon City.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 27, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 21, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 41 times since then and 4 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on July 21, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
 
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Jan. 21, 2021