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Bridges (September, 2004)

Paul Stewart

The Bridge at Wat Preah An Kau Sai

Shawn Steigner

Royal Gorge Bridge - West Side

Canyon City, Colorado, USA

17:22 Mountain Standard Time 9/22/2004

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Royal Gorge Bridge and Park in Cañon City, Colorado

Often compared to the Eiffel Tower in Paris or the Empire State Building in New York City, the Royal Gorge Bridge in Cañon City, Colorado is both daring in its design and remarkable in its achievement. It's truly an engineering feat. The world's highest Suspension Bridge is over a quarter of a mile long and hangs 1,053 feet above the roaring Arkansas River below. Though it doesn't stand alone, the suspension bridge is the center jewel in a crown of engineering achievements all within the 360 acre theme park that some call the "real" Colorado.

Engineering Facts
Construction on the world's highest Suspension Bridge began June 5, 1929 and completed Nov 1929
Length: 1,260 feet (384 meters)
Width: 18 feet (5 meters)
Main Span: 880 feet (268 meters)
Towers: 150 feet high (46 meters)
2,100 strands of No.9 galvanized wire
Weight of cables: 300 tons
1,000 tons of steel in the floor of Bridge
Walkway: made of 1,292 planks of deck, about 250 are replaced annually
Original cost to build: $350,000 -- cost today about $20-million
Bridge will support in excess of two-million pounds
Listed on the National Historic Register

To learn more about the Bridge and Park, visit www.royalgorgebridge.com/
The East view is available here.


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