Royal Gorge park clean up begins

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CANON CITY, Colo. (AP) -- Construction crews have removed the wildfire-damaged aerial tram at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park, marking the first stages of cleanup at the popular tourist attraction.

The tramway cables over the gorge had fallen into the Arkansas River after they were burned in the Royal Gorge Fire, which started June 11 and burned more than 3,000 acres. The fire also destroyed 48 of the park's 52 buildings.

The tram was one of the world's longest single span aerial trams when it debuted at the park in 1969, sitting next to the visitor center, which also was destroyed in the fire.

Park spokeswoman Peggy Gair tells the Canon City Daily Record removing the tram "was like putting an old friend to rest."

The fire was fully contained June 17.



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