Cañon City, Colorado
|City of Cañon City, Colorado|
|Nickname(s): Climate Capital of Colorado, Cañon|
|Fremont County and the State of Colorado|
|County||Fremont County Seat|
|Incorporated||April 3, 1872|
|• Type||Home Rule Municipality|
|• Mayor||Tony Greer|
|• Total||12.0 sq mi (31.2 km2)|
|• Land||12.0 sq mi (31.1 km2)|
|Elevation||5,332 ft (1,625 m)|
|• Density||1,366.7/sq mi (527.3/km2)|
|Time zone||MST (UTC-7)|
|• Summer (DST)||MDT (UTC-6)|
|ZIP codes||81212, 81215 (PO Box)|
|Website||City of Cañon City|
- For other similar names see also Canyon City.
The City of Cañon City / / is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Fremont County, Colorado, U.S. The United States Census Bureau estimated that the city population was 16,400 in 2010. Cañon City is noted for being the location of nine state and four federal prisons and penitentiaries. Cañon City straddles the easterly flowing Arkansas River and is a popular tourist destination for sightseeing, whitewater rafting, and rock climbing.
In 1994, the U.S. Board on Geographic Names approved adding the tilde to the official name of Cañon City, a change from Canon City as the official name in its decisions of 1906 and 1975. It is one of the few U.S. cities to have an eñe in its name, others being La Cañada Flintridge, California, Española, New Mexico, Peñasco, New Mexico, and Cañones, New Mexico.
- 1 History
- 2 Geography
- 3 Demographics
- 4 Law
- 5 Government
- 6 Economy
- 7 Media
- 8 Transportation
- 9 Education
- 10 Places of interest
- 11 Notable residents
- 12 Sister cities
- 13 See also
- 14 References
- 15 External links
Cañon City was laid out on January 17, 1858 during the Pikes Peak Gold Rush, but then the land was left idle. A new company "jumped the claim" to the town's site in late 1859, and it put up the first building in February 1860. This town was originally intended as a commercial center for mining in South Park and the upper Arkansas River.
1860s to 1900
In 1861, this town raised two companies of volunteers to serve with the Second Colorado Infantry during the American Civil War. This regiment fought in skirmishes in nearby New Mexico and as far east as the Indian Territory (Oklahoma) and Missouri before ending its organization in 1865.
In 1862, A. M. Cassaday drilled for petroleum six miles north of Cañon City, close to a known oil seep. Cassaday struck oil at the depth of 50 feet, and he completed the first commercial oil well west of the Mississippi River. He drilled five or six more wells nearby, and he refined kerosene and fuel oil from the petroleum. Cassaday sold the products in Denver.
A number of metal ore smelters were built in Cañon City following the discovery of gold at Cripple Creek in 1891.
Cañon City is located at  at an altitude of 5,332 ft (1,625 m).(38.446800, -105.228305)
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 12.0 square miles (31 km2), of which 12.0 square miles (31 km2) is land and 0.08% is water. Cañon City sits in the "high desert" land of southern Colorado, the same desert lands of Pueblo and Florence.
Climate Capital of Colorado
The city's nickname, "the Climate Capital of Colorado", derives from the combination of unique geography and 5,300 ft elevation protecting the city from harsh weather conditions. The average daily high temperature in January is 14 degrees warmer in Cañon City than in Grand Junction even though the elevation of Cañon City is higher.
Overnight low temperatures are also considerably warmer in Cañon City than in Denver. The average minimum temperature in January is 20 degrees. During July, overnight lows are 59 degrees on average. Cañon City has a semi-arid climate (Köppen climate classification BSk).
|Climate data for Cañon City, Colorado|
|Record high °F (°C)||76
|Average high °F (°C)||49
|Average low °F (°C)||20
|Record low °F (°C)||−23
|Precipitation inches (mm)||0.46
As Cañon City has grown, the city has both annexed surrounding communities and developed new subdivision to create the city that exists today.
- Dawson Ranch
- Eagle Heights
- Four Mile Ranch
- Gold Cañon
- Orchard Park
- Western Meadows
- Wolf Park
- South Cañon, a historic neighborhood located on the west side south of the Arkansas River
- Sunrise Mesa
Parks and recreation
Cañon City is home to many city owned parks, as well as parks owned by the Cañon City Recreation and Parks District.
City owned parks
- Centennial Park, commonly known as "Duck Park"
- Margaret Park (originally Margarette Park)
- Mountain View Park, home of the city's skate park
- Rudd Park
- Veterans Park, known for Entertainment in the Park concerts during the summer
Rec District parks
- Griffin Park
- Harrison Park
- Pathfinder Park, a joint-managed park located in the county between Cañon City and Florence, Colorado
- Rouse Park
As of the census of 2000, there were 15,431 people, 6,164 households, and 3,803 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,284.1 people per square mile (495.7/km²). There were 6,617 housing units at an average density of 550.6 per square mile (212.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 93.15% White, 1.59% African American, 1.04% Native American, 0.54% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 1.61% from other races, and 2.01% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 8.33% of the population.
There were 6,164 households out of which 28.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.0% were married couples living together, 10.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.3% were non-families. 33.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.90.
The age distribution was 23.5% under the age of 18, 6.7% from 18 to 24, 28.2% from 25 to 44, 21.5% from 45 to 64, and 20.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 100.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.3 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $31,736, and the median income for a family was $42,917. Males had a median income of $31,258 versus $21,849 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,970. About 7.1% of families and 11.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.9% of those under age 18 and 9.6% of those age 65 or over.
Along with a police department, sheriff's office and detention center, and a municipal court, Cañon City is also home to the courts for Fremont County and the 11th Judicial District of Colorado.
Cañon City is governed via the mayor-council system. The city council consists of seven members who are elected from districts. The mayor is elected by the entire city.
The area being situated along the Arkansas River has allowed for soil suitable to orchards, ranching and farming, but Cañon City has slowly transitioned from an agricultural community to more of a diverse economy including not only agriculture, but tourism, education, manufacturing, medicine and many others.
The major employers in Cañon City include the Colorado Department of Corrections and Centura Health (owner of St. Thomas More Hospital and the Progressive Care Center). Cañon City also depends on its tourism industry which includes Royal Gorge Route Railroad, Royal Gorge Bridge and Park and various other attractions.
Colorado Department of Corrections operates the Colorado Territorial Correctional Facility in Cañon City. In addition to several correctional facilities near Cañon City in unincorporated areas in Fremont County, Colorado State Penitentiary, the location of the state death row and execution chamber is in Fremont County. Other state prisons in Fremont County include Arrowhead Correctional Center, Centennial Correctional Facility, Fremont Correctional Facility, Four Mile Correctional Center, and Skyline Correctional Center.
Prisons have served an important significance to both Cañon City and the surrounding areas of Fremont County, as well as to the state of Colorado. To learn more about the history of prisons in Colorado, the Museum of Colorado Prisons has been given the role of preserving and presenting the past of the state's corrections system.
Transportation in the Cañon City area consists of cab service, shuttle bus service, and a downtown wagon ride. The Royal Gorge Bridge trolley has also been used during special events, but is reserved for use by the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park. Jeep tours and segway tours are also available to explore local parks such as Red Canyon Park or scenic places such as Skyline Drive.
Major roads and highways
- See also Cañon City School District
Cañon City's school system is under the direction of the Cañon City School District Fremont RE-1. The district currently has four elementary schools, one charter school, one school serving as both an elementary school and middle school, one middle school and one high school, Cañon City High School. For the higher education needs of the community, Pueblo Community College provides a branch campus on the west end of the city along U.S. Highway 50.
Places of interest
- Cañon City State Armory
- Cañon City Downtown Historic District, listed on the National Registry of Historic Places
- Colorado State Penitentiary
- Dinosaur Depot Museum
- Peabody Mansion, home of the Cañon City Chamber of Commerce
- Museum of Colorado Prisons
- Robison Mansion
- Royal Gorge Bridge and Park
- Royal Gorge Route Railroad
- Cañon City Municipal Building, also known as the Royal Gorge Regional Museum and History Center
Former places of interest
- Writer Don Bendell
- NFL hall-of-famer Jack Christiansen (Detroit Lions)
- Musician Skip Konte, "Wizard of all Northern Realms"
- U.S. Navy Vice Admiral Emory S. Land born in Cañon City
- Artist Dave Merrick
- Former Colorado Governor James Hamilton Peabody
- Colorado politician Dan Slater
- Outline of Colorado
- State of Colorado
- Colorado State Penitentiary
- Royal Gorge
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- "Death Row FAQ." (Archive) Colorado Department of Corrections. Retrieved on August 15, 2010.
- "Colorado State Penitentiary." Colorado Department of Corrections. Retrieved on August 15, 2010. "E US Highway 50 Evans Blvd Cañon City, CO, 81215"
- "Arrowhead Correctional Center." Colorado Department of Corrections. Retrieved on August 15, 2010. "E US Highway 50 Evans Blvd Cañon City, CO, 81215"
- "Centennial Correctional Facility." Colorado Department of Corrections. Retrieved on August 15, 2010. "E US Highway 50 Evans Blvd Cañon City, CO, 81215"
- "Fremont Correctional Facility." Colorado Department of Corrections. Retrieved on August 15, 2010. "E US Highway 50 Evans Blvd Cañon City, CO, 81215"
- "Four Mile Correctional Center." Colorado Department of Corrections. Retrieved on August 15, 2010. "E US Highway 50 Evans Blvd Cañon City, CO, 81215"
- "Skyline Correctional Center." Colorado Department of Corrections. Retrieved on August 15, 2010. "E US Highway 50 & Evans Blvd Cañon City, CO, 81215"
- Mitchell, Kirk. "Cañon City women's prison closes today." The Denver Post. June 4, 2009. Retrieved on August 15, 2010.
- "GDE Testing Centers by City." Colorado Department of Education. Retrieved on August 15, 2010. "Colorado Women's Correctional Facility 3800 Grandview Ave. | Canon City, CO 81215."
- "Cañon City Schools". Retrieved 11 November 2013.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Cañon City, Colorado.|
- City of Cañon City website
- Cañon City news and information from the Cañon City Daily Record
- CDOT map of Canon City
- Cañon City & Royal Gorge Visitor Information
- Cañon City Daily Record
- Cañon City School District
- Cañon City Chamber of Commerce
- Royal Gorge Region - featuring local visitor information about Downtown Cañon City and surrounding area businesses
- Historic Royal Gorge Route Railroad
- Museum of Colorado Prisons
- Royal Gorge Route
- Royal Gorge Bridge and Park
- Royal Gorge Whitewater Rafting Trips