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These and other pointy rock formations have led to a name for a portion of South Dakota Route 87 in the Black Hills: the Needles Highway. We threaded our way through (okay, past) the needles on May 30th. And speaking of that, here’s the geological formation called the Needle’s Eye:

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

July 6, 2017 at 4:47 AM

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  1. That needle needs a very large thread 🙂

    Sherry Felix

    July 6, 2017 at 5:05 AM

  2. Looks like there could be other needles nearby…..pine ones?


    July 6, 2017 at 6:06 AM

  3. One of my favorite drives.

    Jim R

    July 6, 2017 at 8:48 AM

  4. Needle…thread…sharp…I can’t pin it down, but there’s something about this post.

    Robert Parker Teel

    July 6, 2017 at 9:54 AM

  5. When I saw “Needles” as your title, I thought of Utah’s Canyonlands. I didn’t realize there was an area of the Black Hills with the same name. Despite knowing that we vacationed there when I was a kid, all I really remember is the Corn Palace in Mitchell.

    The second photo brought to mind the Biblical aphorism about the impossibility of a camel going through the eye of a needle. There’s a nice historical and linguistic analysis of that here. It also is a remarkably lively image, given that it shows a solid, even stolid, rock. I really like it.


    July 7, 2017 at 6:57 AM

    • Our original plan to go on to South Dakota after the April wedding in Kansas City would have taken us through Mitchell, where we would dutifully have stopped at the Corn Palace. The kid at heart that you are now may be due for a return visit to South Dakota.

      That’s an interesting article about the biblical eye of a needle. It makes you wonder how many mistranslations and misinterpetations have become “reality.”

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 7, 2017 at 7:24 AM

  6. Hey Steve that’s amazing .. and appropriately named 😃


    July 10, 2017 at 1:42 AM

    • I hadn’t heard of the Needles or the Needle’s Eye until I did research for the forthcoming trip. I’m glad we went to see them.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 10, 2017 at 6:51 AM

  7. Needless to say, these photos come right to the geological point.


    September 17, 2017 at 9:43 AM

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