Wade Harris Bridge
In North Carolina, United States
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Built in 1930, the Lewis Fork Creek Ravine bridge was part of the original section of US 421 that connected Boone to Winston-Salem. In 1931, the bridge was dedicated to Wade Hampton Harris, editor of "The Charlotte Observer." It was reportedly the tallest bridge in the state as it spanned 110 feet over the ravine.
East of Boone, NCDOT completed 4-laned US 421 to Wilkesboro during the late 1990’s. Prior to the 4-laning, US 421 was a 2-lane highway with heavy traffic, daily choked into a bottleneck due to the rising elevations and narrow shoulders.
The bridge is now merely part of an entry road to one house, but can be clearly seen from the current US 421.
The cache you seek is an ammo can hidden in an area with a good view of the construction and the ravine itself. It is located on state property, but there are private property signs for the house as you near the bridge. Park on the near side of the bridge to avoid crossing onto the private property. Access is tricky, so take necessary precautions. A 100 foot length of rope is not necessary, but it will make the climb significantly easier. Expect thorns, and during the warm months, potentially snakes and ticks. The only original items are the log, pen and a single travel bug.
The view is worth the effort. Good luck!
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Last Updated: on 10/18/2014 11:38:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time (6:38 PM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum