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Near Cañon City in Fremont County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Royal Gorge

 
 
Royal Gorge image. Click for full size.
By Michael Stroud, May 30, 1994
1. Royal Gorge
Inscription. Lt. Zubulon M. Pike and his men, who traveled through this area in November and December 1806, were the first American explorers to view the Arkansas River Canyon now known as the Royal Gorge. A small party from the Maj. Stephen H. Long expedition visited the mouth of the canyon in 1820, as did members of Lt. John C. Fremont's expedition in 1845.

In 1878 a right of way through Royal Gorge became the focal point of a bitter struggle between The Denver and Rio Grande and the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroads, with the D and RG winning the route through court action. Congress ceded the land comprising the Royal Gorge Park to Canon City in 1906. And the world's highest suspension bridge, spanning the Arkansas River 1053 feet below was built in 1929.

Elevation 6,626 feet
 
Erected 1967 by Royal Gorge Company and by the State Historical Society of Colorado. (Marker Number 141.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway, and the History Colorado marker series.
 
Location. 38° 27.771′ N, 105° 19.412′ W. Marker is near Cañon City, Colorado, in Fremont County. Marker is on County Road 3A 4.5 miles south of U.S. 24, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map
Royal Gorge image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, May 30, 1994
2. Royal Gorge
. Marker is located at Royal Gorge Bridge and Park, about 7 1/4 miles west of Canon City. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4218 County Road 3A, Canon City CO 81212, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Royal Gorge Bridge (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cañon City / The Gold Belt Tour (approx. 7.2 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. The City of Cañon City - Official Website. (Submitted on December 20, 2007, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
2. Royal Gorge War. (Submitted on December 20, 2007, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
3. Royal Gorge Bridge and Park Website. (Submitted on December 21, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
4. Wikipedia entry for Royal Gorge. (Submitted on December 20, 2007, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
 
Additional comments.
1. Native Americans of the Ute People
Before European settlement, Native Americans of the Ute people wintered in Royal Gorge for its protection from wind and relatively mild climate. The Comanche, Kiowa, Sioux, and Cheyenne used Royal Gorge on buffalo hunting expeditions as an access point to mountain meadow regions such as South Park Basin.
Royal Gorge Tram image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, May 30, 1994
3. Royal Gorge Tram
Colorado's Rocky Mountain region fell under Spanish claims, and conquistador expeditions of the 17th century or fur traders may have seen Royal Gorge while traversing the area. The first recorded instance of a European arrival, however, is the Pike expedition of 1806. Zebulon Pike's group built a crude shelter in the gorge and explored the area, descending on horseback over the frozen Arkansas River.
    — Submitted December 20, 2007, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.

2. The City of Cañon City
The Royal Gorge Bridge, owned by the City, is one of the major attractions located near Cañon City. This, along with other nearby natural attractions such as the Arkansas River, the National Forest, and the beauty of the surrounding land, draws numerous visitors to the third oldest city in the State of Colorado.
    — Submitted December 20, 2007, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.

 
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsExplorationNatural FeaturesRailroads & Streetcars
 
Royal Gorge, Arkansas River image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, May 30, 1994
4. Royal Gorge, Arkansas River
Bridge over the Royal Gorge image. Click for full size.
By Michael Stroud, May 30, 1994
5. Bridge over the Royal Gorge
The Colorado Royal Gorge Bridge is listed in the Register of Historic Places. Constructed in November 1929 as a one-lane toll bridge, it has a wooden walkway consisting of over 1000 planks. Suspended from 150 foot tall towers, it is 880 feet long and 18 feet wide.
Arkansas River with Denver and Rio Grande RR track alongside image. Click for full size.
By Michael Stroud, May 30, 1994
6. Arkansas River with Denver and Rio Grande RR track alongside
The Railroad that won the court battle image. Click for full size.
By Michael Stroud, circa June 1994
7. The Railroad that won the court battle
And today's excursion trains travel the route that was won image. Click for full size.
By Bryan R. Bauer, August 6, 2010
8. And today's excursion trains travel the route that was won
View of the bridge from the bottom of the gorge image. Click for full size.
By Bryan R. Bauer, August 6, 2010
9. View of the bridge from the bottom of the gorge
The historic hanging bridge image. Click for full size.
By Bryan R. Bauer, August 6, 2010
10. The historic hanging bridge
Sightseeing helicopters above (and excursion trains below) image. Click for full size.
By Bryan R. Bauer, August 6, 2010
11. Sightseeing helicopters above (and excursion trains below)
The bridge with the 50 State flags image. Click for full size.
By Bryan R. Bauer, August 6, 2010
12. The bridge with the 50 State flags
... And The South End Cable Anchors image. Click for full size.
By Bryan R. Bauer, August 6, 2010
13. ... And The South End Cable Anchors
Eleven years later ... the same sign? image. Click for more information.
By Janet K. Bonner, July 19, 2005
14. Eleven years later ... the same sign?
Royal Gorge Rafters image. Click for full size.
By Robert L Weber
15. Royal Gorge Rafters
Royal Gorge Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Robert L Weber, July 15, 2006
16. Royal Gorge Bridge
And 5 years after that ... back to its original glory image. Click for full size.
By Bryan R. Bauer, August 6, 2010
17. And 5 years after that ... back to its original glory
An "historic" event for the bridge image. Click for full size.
By Bryan R. Bauer, August 6, 2010
18. An "historic" event for the bridge
... And Yet Another image. Click for full size.
By Bryan R. Bauer, August 6, 2010
19. ... And Yet Another
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 20, 2007, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 3,555 times since then and 113 times this year. Last updated on August 25, 2010, by Bryan R. Bauer of Kearns, Ut 84118. Photos:   1. submitted on December 20, 2007, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   2, 3, 4. submitted on April 10, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   5, 6, 7. submitted on December 20, 2007, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13. submitted on August 25, 2010, by Bryan R. Bauer of Kearns, Ut 84118.   14. submitted on December 21, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   15. submitted on December 17, 2010, by Bob (peach) Weber of Prescott Valley, Arizona.   16. submitted on December 27, 2010, by Bob (peach) Weber of Prescott Valley, Arizona.   17, 18, 19. submitted on August 24, 2010, by Bryan R. Bauer of Kearns, Ut 84118. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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