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Could a Horse Really Jump over Devil's Gulch?

avatar   Stacy

Posted On 09/21/2020 08:51:24

South Dakota | Garretson | Devil's Gulch | Devil's Falls | Hiking | Towering Quartzite | Jesse James | Split Rock Creek



Could a Horse Really Jump over Devil's Gulch?


    

The hiking trail inside Devil's Gulch Park begins at the Jesse James Bridge. Local legend says that it is right near this footbridge where the horse on which Jesse James rode jumped across the gulch. The trail continues past ten markers; most are easy to spot along the way. The hike includes both uphill and downhill sections, crosses a second footbridge and sections along the way do require scrambling on some rocks.

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Do you like to hear local legends about places that you visit?

It's history, legend and nature that draw people to Devil's Gulch. Jesse James and gang left their mark on both Minnesota (where they attempted a bank robbery) and South Dakota (where Jesse and his brother Frank escaped afterwards). Jesse and Frank allegedly rode across the state line on the back of a stolen horse with the sheriff's posse chasing close behind. The legend is that the horse successfully jumped over the nearly 20 foot wide Devil's Gulch helping them to escape the law!

There's a great hiking trail that is the perfect way to determine whether or not you believe the legend. The trail starts at the Jesse James Bridge which has a view of the gulch. By continuing along the trail, you'll find amazing views of the natural beauty within the park - both from up above and down below. There's towering high quartzite rock formations that flank the gulch and Devil's Falls, a waterfall.

So, what do you think? Could the horse on which Jesse James was riding have jumped across the gulch and landed safely on the other side?

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