- Cañon City, Colorado
official_name = City of Cañon City, Colorado
nickname = Climate Capital of Colorado
map_caption = Location in Fremont County and the
State of Colorado
subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_name = USA
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_name1 = flag|Colorado|name=State of Colorado
subdivision_type2 = County
subdivision_name2 = Fremont County Seatcite web | url = http://www.dola.state.co.us/dlg/local_governments/municipalities.html | title = Active Colorado Municipalities | format =
HTML| publisher = State of Colorado, Department of Local Affairs | accessdate = 2007-09-01]
government_type = Home Rule Municipality
established_date = 1860
established_title2 = Incorporated
April 3, 1872cite web | url = http://www.colorado.gov/dpa/doit/archives/muninc.html | title = Colorado Municipal Incorporations | format = HTML| publisher = State of Colorado, Department of Personnel & Administration, Colorado State Archives | date = 2004-12-01| accessdate = 2007-09-02]
unit_pref = Imperial
area_total_km2 = 31.2
area_land_km2 = 31.1
area_total_sq_mi = 12.0
area_land_sq_mi = 12.0
area_water_percent = 0.08
population_as_of = 2000
population_total = 15431
population_density_km2 = 495.7
population_density_sq_mi = 1284.1
timezone = MST
utc_offset = -7
timezone_DST = MDT
utc_offset_DST = -6
elevation_m = 1625
elevation_ft = 5332
postal_code = 81212 & 81215 (
area_code = 719
website = [http://www.canoncity.org/ City of Cañon City]
:"For other similar names see also
The City of Cañon City (IPAEng|ˈkænjən ˈsɪti) is a Home Rule Municipality that is the
county seatand the most populous city of Fremont County, Colorado, United States.GR|6 The United States Census Bureauestimates that the city population was 16,000 in 2005.cite web | url = http://www.census.gov/popest/cities/files/SUB-EST2005-ip.csv | title = Annual Estimates of the Population for All Incorporated Places: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005 | format = CSV | work = 2005 Population Estimates | publisher = United States Census Bureau, Population Division | date = 2006-06-20| accessdate = 2007-05-04] 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 Names approved adding the tilde in the official name of Cañon City, a change from Canon City as the official name in decisions of 1906 and 1975. [USGS Geographic Names Information SystemGnis2|191867]
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
eñein its name.
Cañon City was founded in 1859 during the
Pikes Peak Gold Rushas a commercial center for miners.
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
petroleumsix 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. [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.]
A number of ore smelters were built in Cañon City following the discovery of gold at Cripple Creek in 1891.
Cañon City is located at coor dms|38|26|48|N|105|13|42|W|city (38.446800, -105.228305)GR|1 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% is water.
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 15,431 people, 6,164 households, and 3,803 families residing in the city. The population densitywas 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, 0.54% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 1.61% from other races, and 2.01% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino 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.
In the city the population was spread out with 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 incomefor 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.
Places of interest
Royal Gorge Route Railroad
Colorado State Penitentiary
Royal Gorge Bridge
*The Owl, local eatery converted from turn-of-the-century cigar shop
Canon City Chamber of Commerce
Cañon City Micropolitan Statistical Area
Fremont County, Colorado
Front Range Urban Corridor
South Central Colorado Urban Area
State of Colorado
* [http://www.canoncity.org/ City of Cañon City website]
* [http://www.canoncitydailyrecord.com/ Cañon City news and information from the Cañon City Daily Record]
** [http://www.dot.state.co.us/App_DTD_DataAccess/Downloads/CityMaps/Canon%20City.pdf CDOT map of the City of Cañon City]
* [http://www.canoncitycolorado.com/ Canon City & Royal Gorge Visitor Information]
* [http://www.canoncitydailyrecord.com/ Canon City Daily Record]
* [http://www.canoncityschools.org Canon City School District]
* [http://www.canoncitychamber.com/ Canon City Chamber of Commerce]
* [http://downtowncanoncity.com/ Downtown Canon City]
* [http://www.canoncitycolorado.com/ canoncitycolorado.com]
* [http://www.discovercanoncity.com/ DiscoverCanonCity.com]
* [http://fourmilenews.wordpress.com/ Canon City Country Club Living]
* [http://www.royalgorgeroute.com Historic Royal Gorge Route Railroad]
* [http://www.buckskinjoe.com Buckskin Joe Frontier Town and Railway]
* [http://www.royalgorgeroute.com Royal Gorge Route]
* [http://www.royalgorgebridge.com Royal Gorge Bridge and Park]
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