Located in Cañon City's National
Historic District, the St. Cloud Hotel has stood at the corner of
6th and Main since 1888.
It is currently unoccupied and in disrepair after a string of
failed attempts to revive the business.
The hotel was moved brick by brick from Silvercliff in
Arkansas Riverwalk in Cañon City, part
of John Griffin Regional Park, owned and operated by the Canon City
Area Metropolitan Recreation and Park District.
City of Cañon City ( ) is a Home Rule
Municipality that is the county seat
and the most populous city of Fremont County, Colorado, United States.
- For other similar names see also Canyon City.
The United States Census Bureau
estimates that the city population was 16,000 in 2005. Cañon City
is famous for being the site of 9 state and 4 federal prisons
. It straddles the Arkansas River, and is a popular tourist destination for Whitewater rafting and rock climbing.
In 1994, the Board on Geographic
approved adding the tilde
official name of Cañon City, a change from Canon
as the official name in decisions of 1906 and
Emory S. Land
, U.S. Navy vice admiral and decorated
hero, was born in Cañon City.
It is one of the very few U.S. cities to have an eñe
in its name.
Cañon City was laid out on 17 January 1858 during the Pikes Peak Gold Rush
, but then left
idle. A new company "jumped" the townsite in late 1859, and put up
the first building in February 1860. The town was originally
intended as a commercial center for miners
South Park and the upper Arkansas River.
In 1861 the town raised two companies of volunteers for service
with the Second Colorado Infantry in the American Civil War. The
regiment fought battles in nearby New Mexico and as far east as
Indian Territory (present day Oklahoma) and Missouri before
mustering out of service in 1865.
In 1862, A. M. Cassaday drilled for petroleum
six miles north of town, near an oil
seep. He struck oil at a depth of 50 feet, and completed the first
commercial oil well west of the Mississippi. He drilled five or six
more wells nearby, and refined kerosene and fuel oil from the
petroleum, and sold the products in Denver.
of ore smelters were built in Cañon City following the discovery of
gold at Cripple
Creek in 1891.
Cañon City is located at (38.446800, -105.228305) at an altitude of
5,332 ft (1,625 m).
According to the United
States Census Bureau
, the city has a total area of
12.0 square miles (31.2 km²), of which,
12.0 square miles (31.1 km²) of it is land and 0.08%
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.
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
1,284.1 people per square mile (495.7/km²). There were 6,617
housing units at an average density of 550.6/sq mi
(212.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 93.15% White
, 1.59% African American
, 1.04% Native American
, 0.06% Pacific Islander
, 1.61% from
, and 2.01% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos
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.
Canon City is governed via the mayor-council system. The city
council consists of four members who are elected from districts.
The mayor is elected by the entire city.
Places of interest
- USGS Geographic Names Information System
- "Canon City, its rise and progress," Canon City Times
10 November 1860, p.4.
- Francis M. Van Tuyl and Arthur E. Brainerd (1960)
Historical summary, in Mineral Resources of Colorado First
Sequel, Denver: Colorado Mineral Resources Board, p.491-492.