News

A tour of the damage at e at Royal Gorge Bridge and Park

01-Aug-2013



CANON CITY, Colo. - The Royal Gorge Fire turned its namesake Colorado landmark into a demolition site, destroying nearly 50 buildings at the once majestic park.

The fire started Tuesday June 11, near Cañon City and burned 3,218 acres of land covered with Piñon-Juniper and Sage brush. Fueled by high winds, the flames crossed the Arkansas River at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park, a tourist attraction that boasts 26 million crossings of the famed bridge since its opening.

Picnic tables are now charred skeletons after the flames melted the plastic seating. The aerial tram, which was once bright red, is now a scorched metal shell and the terminals that housed it are gone. The famed incline railroad was damaged, but is still intact.

The suspension bridge, perhaps the most recognizable landmark in the park, survived with only damaged boards.

"We replaced about a hundred planks," said park employee Peggy Gair.

-- Take our photo tour of the park: http://ch7ne.ws/11t36yb

"When you got here days later and saw the bridge survived, how did that make you feel?” asked 7NEWS reporter Marc Stewart.

"It was one of the most patriotic moments," Gair said. "I know it sounds a little corny, but to see this bridge standing, it was like 'what man made is still standing.' It was just awesome."

Park managers say the goal is to replace as much as possible, including the animal figures on the damaged carrousel. The total price tag for the project will be at least $30 million, paid for by an insurance policy.

Park employee Larry Lallemand, who has worked there for over 40 years, is hopeful about the new park that will rise on the footprint of what was lost.

"I see it as being a lot more modernized," he said.

The goal is to open the bridge for vehicle traffic later this summer. The rest of the park could reopen in about three years.

"The bridge will come back. The park will be open," said Gair.


Comments

Please fill out the form at the bottom of this page to leave your comment.

Anglea
19-Aug-2014 01:22 AM
Maintain the excellent work !! Lovin' it!

my blog post -managing expatriates
Dominick
20-Aug-2014 12:41 AM
You're a really useful website; couldn't make it without ya!


my web page:Church Staffing
Bernadette
20-Aug-2014 04:43 AM
Many thanks really practical. Will certainly share website with my good friends.


My web siteChurch Staffing
Loyd
14-Feb-2015 05:14 PM
You've got terrific stuff on this site.

My web site:seo portland
Blanca
18-Feb-2015 12:56 AM
I love the information on your website. Thanks a bunch.

My web blog ::SEO company Portland

Post a Comment

Your email address will not be published.
* Indicates a required field





Captcha Image