Western Fremont Historical Society

Preserving the history and heritage of the settlers of western Fremont County, Colorado.

Who We Are

WFHS explores the history of Western Fremont county from Parkdale through Wellsville


 Betsy leads a tour of ‘rails to kiln’


This Month’s Fun Fact

How did you travel from Canon City to Pleasant Valley, in the late 1800’s, long before Highway 50 was built in 1915?






In 1872 the Fremont County Commissioners agreed to improve an Indian trail so that stagecoaches and freight wagons could travel between Canon City and the growing mining towns on the upper Arkansas River.  The circuitous route crossed the river at Parkdale, traveling up what is now Copper Gulch Road, along Road Gulch, CO 69, to County Road 1A, cross country through the hills into Pleasant Valley at Coaldale.  Below are photos of the Concord Stage Coach and a map of Western Fremont County.


Building Renovation

Contact Us…

History Center Map

0070 County Road 56
Howard, CO 81233



Mailing Address

Western Fremont Historical Society (WFHS)
P.O. Box 181
Howard, CO 81233

Email:  wfhsinfo@westfremonthistory.com

History Center Address

0070 Co Rd 56, Howard, CO  81233


The History Center is open during Society programs and by appointment.  During the months of April through October, the center is open the last Sunday of each month (1:00-4:00 p.m.)

The Cotopaxi-Mullins History Center

Located at corner of Plum Street & CR 12, Cotopaxi, Colorado

The Cotopaxi-Mullins History Center is open the second Sunday of each month from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Watch for the “Open” sign at other times during the week and stop by.  Please feel free to call if you need an appointment.

Please call Shari Mohr at 719-942-3355 or Betsy Denney at 719-942-3679 for further information and appointments.