Natural Bridge

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Overview
Natural Bridge, located in the historic Shenandoah Valley, is one of the most recognized and visited geologic landmarks in the country. The massive 90-foot-wide arch spans Cedar Creek, which runs 200 feet below. Legend says that George Washington, as a young land surveyor, carved his initials on its wall. In 1774, King George III granted ownership to Thomas Jefferson. Natural Bridge was often regarded as the "Eighth Natural Wonder of the World" during the 19th and 20th centuries. The site became a popular venue for events, ranging from conventions to the annual Easter Sunrise Service. Hotels, inns, and cottages were built to accommodate travelers, and on-site attractions—including a show cave, a wax museum, and a Monacan Indian village—broadened visitor appeal. Natural Bridge remained privately owned until 2014, when the title was transferred, allowing it to become a state park; the bridge will now truly belong to the people, a concept that would have made Jefferson proud.
Details
ISBN: 9781467122382
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
Date:
State: Virginia
Series: Images of America
Images: 187
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Author
Ernst H. Kastning, PhD, is a consulting geologist and historian. During his 48-year career as a hydrogeologist and engineer, he taught at universities in Kentucky, Connecticut, and Virginia. He has explored, mapped, and studied caves in over 40 states, primarily Virginia, Texas, New York, and in New England. Kastning writes and lectures extensively on geology, speleology, and history.