The Royal Gorge Bridge
is a tourist attraction
near Cañon City
, within a theme park. The bridge deck hangs above the Arkansas River
, and held the record of highest bridge in the world from 1929 until 2003, when it was surpassed by the Beipanjiang River 2003 Bridge
in China. It is a suspension bridge
with a main span of . The bridge is long and wide, with a wooden walkway with 1292 planks. The bridge is suspended from towers that are high.
Construction and history
The bridge was constructed in six months, between June 5, 1929, and late November 1929, as a toll bridge, at a cost of $350,000. It was listed in the National Register of Historic Places
in 1983. The bridge was not constructed for transportation purposes; instead, it was built with the intent that it serve as a tourist attraction, and has continued to be one of the most-visited tourist attractions in Colorado since its construction. The road is designated as Fremont County Road 3A. The Royal Gorge Route Railroad
runs under the bridge along the base of Royal Gorge
Measuring from deck to the river below, the Royal Gorge Bridge held the record of highest bridge in the world
from 1929 to 2003, when it was surpassed by the Beipanjiang River 2003 Bridge
. It is still the highest bridge in North America. The cable-stayed Viaduc de......