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Interior in Jackson County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

The Badlands Wall

 
 
The Badlands Wall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, June 6, 2011
1. The Badlands Wall Marker
Inscription. The Badlands Wall constantly retreats north as it erodes and washes into the White River Valley below. The Wall, an intricately carved cliff, divides the upper from the lower prairie.

The wall is more than sixty miles long. It is the geologic feature around which park boundaries were drawn. The Loop Road follows the Wall, sometimes dipping to the lower prairie, then climbing back to the rim.

Anywhere a wagon could be worked up and down the Wall was called a pass by homesteaders. Getting a team and wagon through one of the steep, uneven passes was not to be undertaken lightly.

Today, daily, thousands of people easily negotiate the passes in pickups and automobiles.

Lower Photo
In the 1920s when some of the more successful homesteaders had cars, even they had problems with the passes. No one dared tackle Badlands roads in wet weather without a shovel at hand to dig Model-T's out of ruts and mudholes.
 
Location. 43° 47.15′ N, 101° 54.11′ W. Marker is in Interior, South Dakota, in Jackson County. Marker can be reached from South Dakota Route 240, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is on the left past the entrance to Badlands National Park. Marker is in this post office area: Interior SD 57750, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.

The Badlands image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, June 6, 2011
2. The Badlands
At least 4 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Typical Sod House Homesteader (approx. 2.5 miles away); Civilian Conservation Corps Camps (approx. 2.8 miles away); Cliff Shelf Nature Trail (approx. 2.9 miles away); Closer than You Imagined (approx. 3.3 miles away).
 
More about this marker. Marker is in Badlands National Park and requires an entrance fee or annual pass.
 
Categories. Natural Features
 
The Badlands image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, June 6, 2011
3. The Badlands
The Badlands image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, June 6, 2011
4. The Badlands
The Badlands image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, June 6, 2011
5. The Badlands
The Badlands image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, June 6, 2011
6. The Badlands
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 602 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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