High over the Arkansas River.

The Royal Gorge Bridge crosses the the Royal Gorge 955 feet (291 m) above the Arkansas River near Cañon City, Colorado, measuring from the bridge deck to the river below.

Royal Gorge, Colorado, August 23, 2004 - 3

The bridge held the record of the highest bridge in the world from 1929 to 2001, surpassed now by the Liuguanghe Bridge in China.  It remains the highest bridge in the United States.

Royal Gorge, Colorado, August 23, 2004 - 2

The bridge was built in 1929 between June 5 and late November. Costing $350,000, it was built with the intent to be a tourist attraction and operated as a toll bridge.

Royal Gorge, Colorado, August 23, 2004 - 1

In June 2013, a wildfire slightly damaged the bridge, but devastated the rest of the park.  Thirty wooden planks had to be replaced on the bridge.  The incline railway was severely damaged and the aerial tramway was destroyed.

Phase One Construction to rebuild the park was approved last month by the City Council of Canon City.

Three from the Road – no. 4

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Info for this post is from Wikipedia. See the Royal Gorge Bridge article for more information.

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