Friday, October 24, 2008
We ended our day at Hot Springs, South Dakota, about 50 miles from Mount Rushmore.
But, we couldn't leave Nebraska without stopping here outside the town of Chadron and taking a picture of this windmill and weatherbeaten ranch building, so typical of the landscape of northwestern Nebraska.
Just before entering Valentine, Nebraska, westbound on US 20, you cross the Niobrara River, a tributary of the Missouri and designated as a "National Scenic River."
It was interesting to read about this bridge, designed by Russian immigrant Josef Sorkin. It is an arched cantilever truss bridge, connected in the center by a single pin; the only bridge of its kind in the United States. It was pronounced the "Most beautiful steel bridge of 1932." (Just trying to keep you all abreast of important historical facts).