This postcard of the Needles Eye Tunnel is part of a circa late-1930s series of postcards about locations along the Burlington Route railroad. The back of the postcard advertises a side trip by motor to the Black Hills that could be combined with rail trips to several destinations in the American West..
The Needles Eye Tunnel is a narrow tunnel along Needles Highway, a segment of South Dakota Highway 87 highway. This highway is considered one of the most scenic in the United States. Its name came from the needle-like granite formations along the road. The tunnel was named for a spectacular nearby rock formation resembling the eye of a needle.
Below are a contemporary photo of the Needles Eye Tunnel and a video of a drive along the Needles Highway that includes views of the tunnel (at about 1:35) and the Needles Eye (at about 1:59).
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