South Park Community ChurchFirst 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 Burro Race, a race from 10,000 feet above sea level to the top of Mosquito Pass at 13,185 and return.  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, stay in either historic or modern accommodations.

South Park City Restoration of 1880s Town 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 in 1867.

Historic Old Park County Courthouse 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, visitfairplay.net.  One featured building, South Park Community Church, is a historic American gothic structure dedicated in 1874 by missionary Sheldon Jackson.  Copies of the brochure are available at the Fairplay Visitor Center at 100 4th Street(719-836-2387).  The visitor center is open daily between May 15 and October 15 and there is no admission fee.

The OLD Park County Courthouse was built of native sandstone in the Italianate style.  Along with the adjacent stone jail, located at 418 Main Street.

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