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Historic Navajo Bridge

A cache by Tizoc Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 08/12/2002
Difficulty:
1 out of 5
Terrain:
1 out of 5

Size: Size:   virtual (virtual)

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Geocache Description:

This is a virtual cache located in Marble Canyon, AZ. This rest stop offers a spectacular view of the Colorado River and an intriguing history of the southwest. Elevation is approximately 3550 feet.

To receive credit for this cache you need to:

  1. Visit the cache site on or after 8/12/02, the date this virtual cache was established.
  2. Take a break from driving, locate the cache site, and enjoy the view
  3. Provide proof of your find:
    • Take a picture of yourself and your GPSR, and upload the picture when you log your find. Make sure you include the background and the section of bridge you are standing on (just as I have).
    • Alternative: Send me an e-mail telling me what is inscribed (or embossed) on the vertical guardrails behind me. Please do NOT post your answer when you log the cache (even if encrypted), nor post a picture of the writings.

As with most virtual caches, it is not the destination that is important, it is the journey. Have a safe and memorable journey.

NOTE
The views around this area are spectacular during sunrise and sunset.

HISTORY
Excerpts were taken from various signs posted on both sides of the Historic Navajo Bridge.

Navajo Bridge: total Length 834 feet, arch 616 feet, and height 467 feet.

When the historic Navajo Bridge opened on January 12, 1929, Flagstaff's newspaper, the Coconino Sun, called it "the biggest news in southwest history." It was the only bridge across the Colorado River for some 600 miles (965 km) and was a vital link in the first direct highway route between Arizona and Utah.

Navajo Bridge has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places... August 13, 1981.

BACKGROUND
My wife, MayMay, and I went on a road trip to the Grand Canyon, both the North and South Rims, in August of 2002. We drove across the Navajo Bridge two times, once on are way to the South Rim and again on our way back. On our way to the South Rim, we experienced a breathtaking sunset in the Vermilion Cliffs. On our way back, we stopped to stretch and take a look at the Colorado River. I enjoyed walking across the Historic Navajo Bridge and learning about the role this bridge played in southwest history. Since there were no other Geocaches in the area, I thought I would make this into a virtual cache site. I recommend visiting this area around sunset or sunrise due to the spectacular colors of the Vermilion Cliffs. Enjoy.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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Decryption Key

A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
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N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



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