Jacob Bogatin: The Rainbow Bridge

One of the greatest wonders of the world – a beautiful pink sandstone bridge, where the action of Indian legends unfolds, curved over the rocky plain of southern Utah, like a Rainbow Bridge National Monument. The Paiute and Navajo Indians, who inhabited the southern part of Utah, made legends about the mysterious “rainbow made of stone,” but only a few knew the precise location of this massive stone arch, repeating the heavenly rainbow in shape and color. The rainbow bridge is considered sacred among the Navajo Indians, and it is represented as a symbol of the deity on which lies the responsibility for creating clouds, rainbows, and rains – which is the meaning of life in the desert, says Jacob Bogatin.

Numerous archaeological finds indicate that it was a regular pilgrimage. This place was called sacred because not everyone could get here. Multiple obstacles in the form of deep canyons and cliffs blocked the way for curious people. Besides, the stone arch is hidden from the eyes of outsiders by the high walls of the canyon, so it is almost impossible to detect it accidentally. Intrigued by tales of this miracle, located somewhere near the Navajo mountain, three daredevils in 1909 went through deserts and meandering canyons in search of him. Passing the most difficult areas of North America, they saw a vast rainbow arch, thinks Jacob Bogatin.
The first spectacle caused awe of the riders. Arch correctly repeated the real rainbow not only inform but also in colors. Under a bright, clear sky, usually, a pinkish stone looked dark purple, in the light of the pre-dawning sun, the veins that streaked it seemed reddish-brown. This elegant, length of 94 m sandstone bridge – the most significant and most perfect natural formation of this type. It connects the canyon slopes 85 m wide. Its height – 88 m from the base to the highest point – is slightly higher than the height of the bell tower Ivan the Great in the Kremlin; The thickness of the stone is 13 m, and the width is 10 m – enough to accommodate a two-lane highway.

The unprecedented size and beauty of the “rainbow” prompted the US President Theodore Roosevelt to proclaim it the greatest miracle of nature. Rushing from the rock with which it once formed a single whole, a mighty arch flies over the narrow ribbon of the Bridge Creek River. For thousands of years, its water and abrasive deposits have been undermining and washing away the base of the rock block, until only this air arch was left from it. Moreover, the polished stone sculpture was polished by the wind, according to Jacob Bogatin.

 

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