Canon City in Fremont County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Cañon City / The Gold Belt Tour
Bustling Center for Trade, Transportation, and Tourism
During the late 18th 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 the gorge, enhancing the ability to view this incredible geologic feature. It continues to bring thousands of visitors annually to the area.
By Kevin Vincent, May 21, 2012
1. Cañon City / The Gold Belt Tour Marker
The Gold Belt Tour
National Scenic Highway
Travel Historic Roads to Riches
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 - 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
By Kevin Vincent, May 21, 2012
2. Cañon City / The Gold Belt Tour Marker
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable Places • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 38° 26.84′ N, 105° 11.57′ W. Marker is in Canon City, Colorado, in Fremont County. Marker is on Fremont Drive north of U.S. 50, on the right. The marker is located just to the west of the Walmart Shopping complex. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3105 Fremont Drive, Canon City CO 81212, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Colorado Territorial Prison (approx. 3 miles away); Royal Gorge (approx. 7.2 miles away); Royal Gorge Bridge (approx. 7.2 miles away).
By Mike Stroud
3. Royal Gorge
By Michael Stroud
4. Bridge over the Royal Gorge
The Colorado Royal Gorge Bridge is listed in the Register of Historic Places. Constructed in November 1929 as a one-lane toll bridge, it has a wooden walkway consisting of over 1000 planks. Suspended from 150 foot tall towers, it is 880 feet long and 18 feet wide.
By Robert L Weber
5. Royal Gorge Bridge
By Bryan R. Bauer
6. View of the bridge from the bottom of the gorge
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 8, 2012, by Kevin Vincent of Arlington, Virginia. This page has been viewed 795 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 8, 2012, by Kevin Vincent of Arlington, Virginia. 3. submitted on April 10, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. 4. submitted on December 20, 2007, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. 5. submitted on December 27, 2010, by Bob (peach) Weber of Prescott Valley, Arizona. 6. submitted on August 25, 2010, by Bryan R. Bauer of Kearns, Ut 84118. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.