The 90th anniversary of the building of the Royal Gorge Bridge is being celebrated this year with several celebratory events planned. We feel blessed to live in Canon City, Colorado and have this spectacular engineering marvel in our city's backyard. Thanks to our city fathers, the bridge was built in 1929; and is owned by the city. The profits produced from the bridge are returned to the city, which enables us to enjoy low property taxes. More history about the Royal Gorge Bridge may be found at https://www.canoncitydailyrecord.com/2013/05/09/the-history-of-the-royal-gorge-bridge/
The bridge also supplies employment opportunities for our citizens. Over the years, I'm sure thouands of our high school and college aged youths have "worked the gorge" during the summer seasons.
One of the 90th anniversary activities was to submit names to be engraved on the planks of the deck of the bridge. Our son, Mike, was home for a couple of days this week before he starts another year teaching school. So, we decided a trip to the bridge was in order to see if we could find our names.
We found my name and our grandson Wyatt's name, but were unable to find Mike's and Bob's names on this trip. We will have to go back this fall when it is not as crowded in search of more names.
|The day of the 2013 fire during evacuation.|
|The incline railway before the fire. Google Images|
Our association with the bridge goes back to opening day in 1929 as my mother as a l0-year old accompanied by her grandparents visited that day. Walking on the bridge terrified her so that we were never able to convince her to go back. I signed a plank for the bridge deck with her name, so she is finally back on the bridge even in name only!!
While Bob was the City Engineer we were fortunate to have a free pass to the gorge for our family and our guests. Over the years we took many car loads of out-of-town visitors and teenage friends up to introduce them to the bridge. It usually included a picnic in the adjoining park.
Here are pictures from our visit this week including the traditional picnic in the park.
Mike, Bob, and Wyatt with their mathematical minds checking out the workings of the new gondola.
Bob and Wyatt riding the gondola across the gorge.
Lunch, at last!
And because it is throwback Thursday, here is a picture of Wyatt's first trip to the Royal Gorge Bridge petting zoo at age two.