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Near Hulett in Crook County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
 

Buried Tower

Devils Tower National Monument

 
 
Buried Tower Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 27, 2010
1. Buried Tower Marker
Inscription. Ancient rivers took millions of years to excavate Devils Tower. The waters carried away softer sedimentary rocks leaving behind the hard igneous rock called phonolite. This rock type is found here in northeastern Wyoming, and central Montana, but mostly in east Africa.

The Tower is still emerging. The Belle Fourche River (below) continues to wash away the softer sedimentary rocks. Plateaus across the valley—some higher than the Tower’s summit—are eroded layers of the same sediment that once surrounded and covered Devils Tower.

The Tower today stands 867 feet (264 meters) high, from the visitor center to the summit. Approximately one and one-half vertical miles of rock and sediment have washed away since the Tower formed.

(Left Photo Caption)
Photograph of modern river channel, with sedimentary rocks in background

(Right Photo Caption)
Layers of sedimentary rock are exposed on a cliff near the Tower
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 44° 35.372′ N, 104° 43.069′ W. Marker is near Hulett, Wyoming, in Crook County. Marker can be reached from Wyoming Route 110. Click for map. Marker is located in Devils Tower National Monument;
Devils Tower image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 27, 2010
2. Devils Tower
View to north from State Route 24
drive to the end of State Route 110 to the parking lot of the Devils Tower Visitor Center. Marker is in this post office area: Hulett WY 82720, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. How Did the Tower Form? (within shouting distance of this marker); People of the Land (within shouting distance of this marker); Devils Tower ... the first National Monument (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Friends, Family, and Fun (about 500 feet away); Life Above and Below Ground (approx. 0.6 miles away); Devils Tower (approx. 2.6 miles away); a different marker also named Devils Tower (approx. 2.6 miles away).
 
More about this marker. Marker is along the southwest segment of the Tower Trail which circles Devils Tower. It is a 1/4 mile walk from the Visitor Center parking lot to the marker.
 
Also see . . .  Devils Tower National Monument. Official National Park Service website. (Submitted on March 25, 2014.) 
 
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Devils Tower image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 27, 2010
3. Devils Tower
View to northeast from Tower Trail
Southwest Face of Devils Tower image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 27, 2010
4. Southwest Face of Devils Tower
View from Tower Trail
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 293 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
 
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