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By ASHLEY BEBENSEE
Hub Staff Writer Jul 8, 2019
ALMA — A sign along Highway 183 on the northern outskirts of Alma beckons visitors to the Peckerneck Horse Trail.
The story of the trail’s name is partially legend and partially true, said Dave Wolf, founder and volunteer at the trail.
“It’s just a fable about how we were sitting around a campfire and talking about this trail,” said Wolf.
The 13-mile trail lies on the south side of the Harlan County Reservoir. One of the features along the horse trail is a replica of a mine.
The legend is a group of hillbillies from Tennessee came to the mining district in South Dakota in the 1880s. The noise the miners made with the hammers and rock bits used to drill holes reverberated through the tunnels and resembled the sound of a woodpecker. The men were also said to have the strength equal to that of a woodpecker, therefore, they were dubbed “peckerneck...”
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