The Pigtail Bridge's
In South Dakota, United States
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The cache is located off Iron Mountain Road near the Pigtail Bridges. Park at 43*52.171N and 103*26.091W, elevation 4886 feet.
Change (3/9/13): The cache to a green ammo can. The Forrest Service cleaned the area out so the tree that was once a clue is no longer in place.
Follow the trail near the guard rail. You will lose the trail quickly, but continue up towards the cache. The rock formations and the scenery begin to look the same. DO NOT give up if your GPS does not get you there quickly. Give the satellites a chance to find you.
In 1932, Cecil Clyde Gideon forged ahead with the design of the Pigtail Bridges when many felt it could not be done. CC as he was called, was a pioneer in the Black Hills, making his mark as a master builder, architect, craftsman, lawman, and highway designer.
Riding horseback from his home at the Game Lodge, Gideon and Senator Norbeck spent long hours laying out the Iron Mountain Road, the tunnels that frame Mount Rushmore and these bridges.
Norbeck wanted a rustic look but the elevation drop presented complex engineering problems. These bridge surfaces are neither straight, level nor flat and rustic log work has great variation in quality. Logs were selected from nearby, cut to fit, seasoned, then put in place.
CC Gideon turned vision into reality.
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Last Updated: on 4/3/2015 9:28:07 AM Pacific Daylight Time (4:28 PM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum