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

Caņon City / The Gold Belt Tour

Bustling Center for Trade, Transportation, and Tourism

 
 
Caņon City / The Gold Belt Tour Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Vincent, May 21, 2012
1. Caņon City / The Gold Belt Tour Marker
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Caņon City
During the late 18th and early 19th Century, Caņon City prospered as a trade and transportation center serving the agriculture and mining industries of the region. From its earliest days, Caņon 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.

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 alike.
 
Location. 38° 26.84′ N, 105° 11.57′ W. Marker is in Canon City, Colorado, in Fremont County. Marker is on
Caņon City / The Gold Belt Tour Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Vincent, May 21, 2012
2. Caņon City / The Gold Belt Tour Marker
Fremont Drive north of U.S. 50, on the right. Touch for map. The marker is located just to the west of the Walmart Shopping complex. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3105 Fremont Drive, Canon City CO 81212, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Royal Gorge (approx. 7.2 miles away); Royal Gorge Bridge (approx. 7.2 miles away).
 
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Royal Gorge image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud
3. Royal Gorge
Bridge over the Royal Gorge image. Click for full size.
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.
Royal Gorge Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Robert L Weber
5. Royal Gorge Bridge
View of the bridge from the bottom of the gorge image. Click for full size.
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. This page originally submitted on June 8, 2012, by Kevin Vincent of Arlington, Virginia. This page has been viewed 640 times since then and 55 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.
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