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Royal Gorge - Hanging Bridge


Michael Murphy, CC BY 2.0

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BH Photo #198784

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Royal Gorge Route Railroad – Driver’s Eye View

Tourist train crosses Hanging Bridge at 27:33, and again on the way back at 1:05:50. Tip: Set playback to slow motion for a good look at the bridge structure.

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Pony/through plate girder bridge over Edge of Arkansas River on Rock & Rail LLC/Cañon City & Royal Gorge Railroad
Fremont County, Colorado
Open to traffic
Built 1879
- Albert A. Robinson of South Reading, Vermont (Chief Engineer)
- Charles Shaler Smith of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Assistant Engineer)
- Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway (ATSF)
- Cañon City & Royal Gorge Railroad (CC&RG)
- Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad (DRGW)
- Rock & Rail LLC
- Royal Gorge Route Railroad (CRRX)
- Union Pacific Railroad (UP)
Riveted through plate girder with outer girders suspended and held in place by a-frame bracing with hangers.
Total length: 175.0 ft.
Also called
DRGW - Hanging Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.46296, -105.32832   (decimal degrees)
38°27'47" N, 105°19'42" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
13/471356/4257234 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Royal Gorge
Inventory number
BH 48739 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 13, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • February 19, 2021: New video from Roger Deschner
  • March 7, 2019: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • February 19, 2018: New photo from Luke
  • October 2, 2016: New photo from Dana and Kay Klein
  • September 5, 2016: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • September 5, 2016: Photo imported by Dave King
  • March 25, 2015: New photo from Luke
  • February 18, 2015: Photo imported by Dave King
  • March 8, 2014: Updated by Fmiser: Added category "Pin-connected", added a couple photos
  • January 23, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Updated entry: Added designer and categories
  • May 4, 2011: Added by Nathan Holth



CRRX - Hanging Bridge
Posted March 8, 2014, by Fmiser (fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com)

This is an odd bridge! It almost can't be called a bridge as one side doesn't seem to be spanning anything. And I think it's the only pin-connected girder bridge know of. The A-frames are pin-connected and are supporting the girder.

I'd sure like to get a closer look and seem some engineering details.

Hanging Bridge
Posted May 4, 2011, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

This bridge is under the famous Royal Gorge Bridge and in my opinion is more interesting than the suspension bridge, from an engineering standpoint.