The Royal Gorge (also known as Grand Canyon of the Arkansas) is about 3 million years old and stands a whapping 1,250 feet from the floor to the top. The Royal Gorge Canyon is only ten miles long but the high granite walls makes it one of America's prettiest places to visit.
Before the area was settled by the newcomers from all over Europe the Ute Indians used the Royal Gorge as a winter home. The canyon walls where a perfect wind block and helped them to survive the harsh Colorado winters.
When the nearby Canon City was founded in 1860 the land would never be the same. It brought explorers to see what minerals where present. Then the Railroads came and began to fight for the right to the land. It was not until the government got involved to put a stop to the blood shed. The treaty was called "Treaty of Boston"
That led to the transcontinental railway. At the height of the railway four trains past thought the Royal Gorge per day. Until the railway became larger and began to spread though out the territory. This lessened the need for the Royal Gorge passage. In 1967 the passage was discontinued but you still can take a sight seeing trip and take in the wonder of the Royal Gorge from ground level.
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