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Near Keystone in Custer County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

The Pigtail Bridges

 
 
The Pigtail Bridges Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 7, 2015
1. The Pigtail Bridges Marker
Inscription. In 1932, Cecil Clyde Gideon, forged ahead with the design of the Pigtail Bridges when many felt it couldn’t be done. C.C., as he was called, was a pioneer in the Black Hills, making his mark as a master builder, architect, craftsman, lawman, highway designer, and personal guide to visitors.
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 the bridges.
Norbeck wanted a rustic look but the elevation drop caused complex engineering problems. The 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.
With the completion of the bridges more scenic beauty of the Black Hills became available for all people to enjoy.
C.C. Gideon turned vision into reality.
 
Erected 1991 by The Gideon Family, The South Dakota State Historical Society and The South Dakota Department of Transportation. (Marker Number 536.)
 
Location. 43° 52.168′ N, 103° 26.1′ W. Marker is near Keystone, South Dakota, in Custer County. Marker is on Iron Mountain Road (U.S. 16A) near
The Pigtail Bridges Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 7, 2015
2. The Pigtail Bridges Marker
South Dakota Highway 244. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Keystone SD 57751, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Peter Norbeck (approx. ¾ mile away); Rushmore Workers (approx. 1.1 miles away); History of the United States of America (approx. 1.2 miles away); (Mount Rushmore) Chronology (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Power to Carve a Mountain (approx. 1.2 miles away); Theodore Roosevelt (approx. 1.3 miles away); George Washington (approx. 1.3 miles away); Abraham Lincoln (approx. 1.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Keystone.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located on Iron Mountain Road, 2-3 miles south of the South Dakota Highway 244 intersection.
 
Categories. Bridges & Viaducts
 
A Pigtail Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 7, 2015
3. A Pigtail Bridge
Pigtail Bridge on Iron Mountain Road image. Click for full size.
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4. Pigtail Bridge on Iron Mountain Road
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 186 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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