Buckskin Joe, an old theme park near the Gorge. Neither will be open to the public.
William Koch is one of the dreaded Koch brothers, rich motherfuckers who give millions to right-wing causes. Depending on your viewpoint, that may be a good or a bad thing, but packing up the Royal Gorge Scenic Railway and Buckskin Joe off to some rich motherfuckers private ranch is most definitely NOT a good thing.
I don't begrudge a rich man his toys, but it would have been nice if they sold it to someone who had an interest in continuing to operate it as a tourist attraction. You know, for the people. But this is America. All hopes, dreams, and memories are for sale to the highest bidder.
|This is the train Bill Koch will ride when he plays Conductor on his private ranch.|
Here's a view from the bottom.
Fear of heights, not yet overcome.
On the way back home, we stopped --briefly-- at the prison museum. (Canon City is home to a number of prisons, both state and federal, including a Supermax.) That's where I snapped this picture of a gas chamber.
So there you go...bridges and gas chambers. What I did on my last weekend of the summer.