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Dec
20

Santa Express Train

December 20th
All Aboard the Santa Express Train!   The Santa Express is a winter wonderland, where children (and all) are encouraged to wear cozy pajamas and relax with family and friends.  You will be served complimentary hot cocoa and a cookie on th

Dec
20

Christmas on Main

December 20th
Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in marcy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.-- Calvin Coolidge Join us on December 19th -20 on our Historic Main Street and explore all w

Dec
20

Winter Solstice Art Reception

December 20th
Saturday, December 20th from 5-8 pm. The whole 100 block of Main Street in Florence Colorado is participating in a Winter Solstice celebration and is excited to open doors for to all who want to have fun! We will treat you with hot co

Dec
26

Holiday Train

December 26th
Celebrate the Holidays on the Royal Gorge Route Railroad Holiday Train. Departs at 12:30PM on Dec 26-30 and Jan 1-3, 2015.  View details at www.royalgorgeroute.com

Jan
2

First Friday Art Walk

January 2nd
First Friday in Canon City is a great time to enjoy the local art galleries.  Stroll Main St & visit the galleries on the 1st Friday of each month 5-8pm (participating galleries and their hours vary).

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Canon City

A Brief History of Cañon City, Colorado

The Cañon City Historic District was first organized by the Cañon City Claim Club in March of 1860. The six members were responsible for developing minerals in the area. Residents in the area voted to name the settlement “Town of Canyon City” but the reporter for the meeting used the Spanish “cañon” spelling, giving the city its official name. As prospectors and settlers streamed in from the east in search of mineral and agricultural riches and a new way of life, the town grew rapidly and by 1862, one year after the onset of the Civil War, Cañon City was the booming county seat of Fremont County.

Discover Downtown

Located just eight miles east of the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park on Highway 50 (also known as Royal Gorge Boulevard), Main Street Cañon City offers a diverse, historic downtown commercial district. Downtown is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of the largest intact historical districts in Colorado. The 80 buildings comprising the district form a cohesive grouping that reflects Cañon City’s development as a regional commercial center. The authentic small-town Main Street atmosphere is evident from “Old Max” (the Colorado Territorial Correctional Facility) at First and Main Street to the Post Office at 15th and Main. A stroll down Main Street will introduce you to the city’s cultural and social center.

Flavorful Options

Coffee shops and restaurants featuring Mexican, Italian, Chinese and down-home cuisine, as well as a variety of watering holes, are abundant along Main Street. Families can enjoy sharing a handcrafted pizza while being entertained by a magician; visitors and locals sit side by side on bar stools devouring burgers and ice cold microbrews after a game of pool; while others people-watch and savor homemade pastries and desserts.

Boutiques, Galleries & More

Shoppers will find small business owners offering books, musical instruments, clothing, shoes, furniture, groceries, fresh flowers, electronics, art, jewelry and so much more. Of course, there are plenty of opportunities to pick up that perfect souvenir to commemorate your Cañon City visit. A handful of second-hand stores will satisfy the bargain hunters in your group and the many local art galleries and museums will keep everyone busy for hours.

The people of Cañon City invite you to explore downtown, chat with some locals and get acquainted with the community.