It held the record of highest bridge in the world from 1929 until 2001 when it was surpassed by the Liuguanghe Bridge in China. The bridge remains the highest bridge in the United States and was among the ten highest bridges in the world until 2012.
Construction began on June 5, 1929 and ended in November 1929. The bridge cost $350,000 and was constructed as a tourist attraction, not as a through route for transportation purposes.
On June 11, 2013, most of the park structures on both sides of the gorge were devastated by a man-made wildfire. The fire jumped from the south to the north side of the gorge just west of the bridge and burned 3,218 acres.
The Royal Gorge Bridge and Park reopened on August 30, 2014 and then had a grand reopening ceremony on May 8, 2015 after completing $30 million in repairs.
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