Canon City, CO, population about 16,000, was founded in 1859 making it the 3rd oldest city in Colorado. It started out supplying miners looking for gold in the nearby mountains. Today it’s two chief claims to fame are it’s proximity to the Royal Gorge and home of the Colorado State Prison.
The climate of Canon City is generally milder than the general surrounding area, due to the sheltering of the mountains around it.
The city is serviced by all major fast food and casual dining restaurants. Major hotels are also found in town. In addition to the Royal Gorge, nearby Old West movie town, Buckskin Joe draws tourists in as well.
There is a nice old abbey there visible from the highway, open to the public.
Cripple Creek, named for a small steam in which a cow was supposed to have broken it’s leg crossing, began live when gold was discovered in 1890. The town quickly sprang up around that clai…