"Franktown, Colorado" Franktown by AgentJX

Franktown Travel Guide: 7 reviews and 20 photos

A little bit of gold

Like so many towns in Colorado, Franktown got its start due to a little bit of gold that was panned out of the sandy bottom of Cherry Creek in 1858. The actual town was named after James Frank Gardner who staked a claim on land and built up a homestead. Since that humble beginning Franktown has been a town located at crossroads. Today, Franktown sits at the intersection of State Highway 83 and 86. However, in the past the location of Franktown on the edge of Castlewood Canyon was a stopover for wagon trails heading toward Denver, or out across the eastern plains. Franktown was also a stop on the Pony Express Route. Now a days Franktown is a small town , that feeds into the Denver work population. Most the people living in the area are horse people or those who want to be near a big city but still enjoy open space. Outside of Castlewood Canyon State Park, there are not a ton of reasons to visit Franktown, but I felt since it was my hometown I should have some sort of page built for it. If you are heading from Denver to Colorado Springs or vice versa and have some time on your hands consider taking Highway 83 rather than I-25, and stop by Castlewood Canyon or pick up a bit to eat at a great Mexican resturant.
Dates and Names from: James C. Bull, “A Short History of Frankstown, Colorado."

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Castlewood Canyon State Park
  • Cons:Not much else
  • In a nutshell:Great place to spend an afternoon away from Denver.
  • Last visit to Franktown: Dec 2002
  • Intro Updated Oct 27, 2004
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  • Seabiscuit's Profile Photo
    Jul 17, 2003 at 8:43 AM

    Rode my bike to Franktown many years ago (ouch!). Castlewood is fantastic! Jeff-

  • Rhondaj's Profile Photo
    Jan 14, 2003 at 5:58 PM

    nice winter pics, but the colorado sunset on homepage is awesome!

  • Lilasel's Profile Photo
    Jan 13, 2003 at 11:58 AM

    Very informative and cognitive page about your lovely home town! Love your Canyon pictures!


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