Garden Park School, Cañon City, Fremont County, CO
Fremont County took its name from famed western explorer Captain John C. Fremont, “The Pathfinder,” who, along with his scout Kit Carson, mapped the territory in 1843; later, he was the first Republican candidate for President of the United States in 1856. Fremont County is nestled along the Arkansas River valley in south central Colorado at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. It encompasses an area of 1,533 square miles and has a population of 47,426. Mild weather and beautiful landscapes make Fremont County a tourist attraction in all seasons. Towns such as Cañon City, Florence, Penrose, and Cotopaxi are located within the County. Historical renovation work continues on the historic Garden Park School building along Garden Park Road north of Cañon City, and crews completed installation of a new roof recently. The 1895 school building qualified for historical grant funding after being listed on the Colorado Register of Historic Properties. Grant funds have also been received through the Gold Belt Scenic and Historic Byway. The Fremont County Board of Commissioners helped by waiving the county’s building permit fee for the new roof.