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.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native Americans • Settlements & SettlersColorado - History Colorado series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1859.
Location. 39° 23.351′ N, 104° 45.156′ W. Marker is in Franktown, Colorado, in Douglas County. Marker is on State Highway 83, 0.1 miles south of State Highway 86, on the right when traveling south. Located on the west side and in a small gravel pullout of Colorado Highway 83, just south of Colorado Highway 86. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Franktown CO 80116, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Russellville - History of Franktown / Franktown Country - Timber Industry (approx. 1.3 miles away); Founders Village (approx. 3˝ miles away); City Hotel (approx. 5.8 miles away); Keystone Hotel (approx. 5.9 miles away); Good Roads in Colorado / The Great North-South Highway (approx. 5.9 miles away); The Rock / Gray Gold (approx. 5.9 miles away); Victoria’s House (approx. 5.9 miles away); Denver & Rio Grande Railroad Depot (approx. 6 miles away).
Regarding Franktown. At first, Franktown was called Frankstown until around 1900 when the post office dropped the 's'.
Also see . . . Save Franktown. Website homepage (Submitted on November 1, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 1, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 26, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 622 times since then and 58 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 26, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.