An impromptu roadtrip took us to uncharted territory. It was a beautiful Sunday and we wanted to get out and enjoy it. So off we headed to see the Grand Canyon of the Arkansas.
|World's Largest Rocking Chair - built in 1990 from hand-hewn Douglas Fir logs, |
weighs 9100lbs. 21 ft tall & 14 ft wide
|Mullein stalks silhouetted against the sky|
|Smoldering building - image source|
|bridge fire damage - image source|
The Royal Gorge or Grand Canyon of the Arkansas is only about 50 feet across at the bottom and several hundred feet across at the top. It's roughly 1,250 ft deep and the canyon is 10 miles long.
The first documented exploration of the region was by Zebulon Pike in 1806. A railway through the gorge was built in the late 1870s.
|railroad tracks at bottom of Royal Gorge|