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Skyline Drive

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1905. 2.5 miles west of Cañon City on U.S. 50

One of the best-preserved early scenic drives for motorists, Skyline Drive was built for $6,400 by convict labor as a 2.5-mile excursion along the ridge of Cañon City's western hogback formation, with its precipitous dropoffs and fine views. Opened as a two-way buggy drive, it was later converted to a paved, one-way auto road with deep dips and steep hills. The arch (1932) at the west entrance contains rocks from every U.S. state and was also built by convict labor.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


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Thomas J. Noel, "Skyline Drive", [Cañon City, Colorado], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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