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Bob Goodlatte wants Natural Bridge as national park

Thursday - 6/20/2013, 9:04am  ET

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) -- A Roanoke-area congressman wants the federal government to study the possibility of turning Natural Bridge into a national park.

The Roanoke Times reports (http://bit.ly/1bWZLc9 ) that Republican U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte on Wednesday asked the National Park Service to study whether it would be possible to add Natural Bridge to the park system. He suggested that private funds be used and that a conservation easement be placed on adjoining property to protect it.

The privately owned, 215-foot-high Rockbridge County landmark recently was put up for sale.

The limestone arch was carved naturally by the creek that runs under it.

Thomas Jefferson once owned the bridge after purchasing it from England's King George III. George Washington is believed to have surveyed properties nearby and Monacan Indians called it "The Bridge of God."

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Information from: The Roanoke Times, http://www.roanoke.com


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