Cañon City is an undeniably quirky town. From its easy access to the nearby Royal Gorge, a dramatic slash in the earth, to its aggressive strip-mall veneer (softened, fortunately, by some handsome old buildings), you'd think Cañon City existed solely for tourism. Nothing could be further from the truth: Cañon City is in Fremont County, called "Colorado's Prison Capital" by some. In Cañon City and nearby Florence there are more than a dozen prisons, including Supermax. While this may seem like a perverse source of income to court, the prisons have pumped millions of dollars into the local economy.
When there was every reason in the world to stay away and see the ruins, one woman traveled to Greece to get to work.More