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

The Gold Belt Tour National Scenic Byway

Travel historic roads to riches

 
 
The Gold Belt Tour National Scenic Byway Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, July 8, 2020
1. The Gold Belt Tour National Scenic Byway Marker
Inscription.  Drive the Gold Belt Tour National Scenic Byway and follow the historic travel routes to the Cripple Creek Mining District, one of the world's wealthiest gold mining districts. Phantom Canyon Road follows the grade of the Florence and Cripple Creek Railroad (1894 to 1912), the first railroad to reach Cripple Creek's gold camps. Shelf Road provided a direct but harrowing journey for stagecoaches and freight wagons bound for Cripple Creek. High Park Road, traversing lush mountain grasslands, was well-traveled by cowboys and prospectors alike.

Drive the Gold Belt Tour National Scenic Byways
• Each part of the Byway offers unique scenery – rugged canyons, mountain parklands and ranches, and sweeping mountain views.
• For an adventurous back country driving experience, travel the Shelf Road or Phantom Canyon Road. Please note the travel restrictions and recommendations on the map.
• Explore two internationally significant fossil areas. The Garden Park Fossil Area just north of Cañon City and Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument at the north end of the Byway.
• If you are traveling south, stop and enjoy
The Gold Belt Tour National Scenic Byway Marker Detail image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, July 8, 2020
2. The Gold Belt Tour National Scenic Byway Marker Detail
Closeup of map
Florence's historic downtown.
• The historic communities of Cripple Creek, Victor and Florissant lie along the northern part of the Byway.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Railroads & StreetcarsRoads & VehiclesSettlements & 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 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. Bustling Center for Trade, Transportation, and Tourism (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.
 
The Gold Belt Tour National Scenic Byway Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, July 8, 2020
3. The Gold Belt Tour National Scenic Byway Marker
Marker is on the right.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 23, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 21, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 40 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 21, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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