|Driving to the bridge is puzzling because the road seems to be a minor back road that doesn't go anywhere. Getting to the bridge, you discover the road really is a minor back road that doesn't go anywhere, except to the bridge. The bridge was built specifically as a tourist attraction.|
|Mountain scenery west of the bridge.|
|View looking northeast. This is obviously a case of rejuvenation, where a flat landscape is uplifted and the river begins cutting a deep gorge.|
|View of the bridge, looking north. The bridge is built just where the gorge begins to widen and has the greatest depth-to-width ratio. The inner gorge is narrower than it is deep but at bridgelevel the depth and width of the gorge are about equal.|
|The gorge is cut into Proterozoic metamorphic rocks. In addition to the bridge, a cable car crosses the gorge.|
|You can drive across the bridge but foot traffic generally outnumbers vehicle traffic.|
|Duh. (Unlike many stupid regulatory signs, this one is deliberately meant to be a joke.)|
|Above: views of the cable anchors.
Left: Close-up of the suspension cables. All suspension bridges are built this way, one cable strand at a time, but most are wrapped so the strands aren't visible.
|The roadway is planking, and my wife's favorite kind of bridge ;) one with openings between the planks. This view looks straight down to the Arkansas River through a gap in the planks.|
|The gorge actually has gentle enough gradients and curves to make a good railway route and a railway up the gorge predates the bridge.|
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