Royal Gorge

Royal Gorge (HMNBB)

Location: Cañon City, CO 81212 Fremont County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 27.771', W 105° 19.412'

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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
Series This marker is part of the Colorado: History Colorado series
Marker Number141
Year Placed1967
Placed ByRoyal Gorge Company and by the State Historical Society of Colorado
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Date Added Friday, September 12th, 2014 at 1:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)13S E 471774 N 4257220
Decimal Degrees38.46285000, -105.32353333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 27.771', W 105° 19.412'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 27' 46.26" N, 105° 19' 24.72" W
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Area Code(s)719
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 4218 Co Rd 3a, Cañon City CO 81212, US
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