South Park City Restoration of 1880s Town
  • Founded in 1867 at an elevation of 9,953 feet.

  • First known as Fair Play Diggings, the town that sprang up where gold rich Beaver Creek met equally rich Middle Fork of the South Platte River became South Park City for a short time.

  • Returned to the name of Fairplay late in 1874, the town remains the county seat and one of only two incorporated municipalities in Park County.

  • The town hosts the start and finish of the World Championship Pack Burro Race, a race from 10,000 feet above sea level to the top of Mosquito Pass (13,185 feet) and return to Fairplay.

  • Visitors can fish and pan for gold in the river, step back in time by strolling through the South Park City Museum, explore art galleries, and stay in either historic or modern accommodations.

  • The discovery of gold in 1859 brought thousands of prospectors to South Park and the mining camp of Tarryall, nicknamed "Grab-all" by unwelcome latecomers who pushed south and established a new mining camp called "Fair Play".  After several prosperous years, Fairplay became the county seat of the 2,200 square mile county in 1867.

  • The South Park City Museum and six 19th-century buildings in Fairplay are now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

  • A Smart Phone Fairplay Historic Walking Tour is available on the Town of Fairplay website.

  • South Park Community Church
  • One featured building, South Park Community Church, is a historic American gothic structure dedicated in 1874 by missionary Sheldon Jackson.

  • The 1874 Old Park County Courthouse located at 418 Main Street, was built of native sandstone in the Italianate style, after a devastating fire raced through Fairplay in late 1873.  An adjacent stone jail was built a few years later after several escapes were made from the jail originally in the lower level of the courthouse.

  • Tour maps are available at the Fairplay Visitor Center located at 901 Main Street (719 -836-2622).  The visitor center is open Mon-Fri, 8:30am to 4:30pm
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