Near Hulett in Crook County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
People of the Land
Devils Tower National Monument
The Great Race
Once the buffalo believed they were the most powerful creature. Humans thought this unfair. So the buffalo, humans, and all the animals held a race. Because humans only have two legs, four birds were chose to race for us. The race was long and hard. The animals ran, bleeding from their noses and mouths, staining the earth red. Their hooves pounded the earth so hard the racecourse sank and the land in the middle rose up to form the Black Hills. The magpie beat the buffalo for the humans. This is why the Indian people hunt and kill buffalo.
Told by the Lakota of the origin of the red rocks that circle the Black Hills and the Belle Fourche River Valley at the Tower.
This topographic map, from the 1859-60 Raynold’s Expedition, shows the Blacks Hills with Devils Tower labeled as Bear Lodge.
The race track can be seen today in the red rocks of the Spearfish Formation. The formation
Spearfish Formation at Devils Tower National Monument
Spearfish Formation at Wind Cave National Park
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 44° 35.333′ N, 104° 43.048′ W. Marker is near Hulett, Wyoming, in Crook County. Marker can be reached from State Highway 110. Touch for map. Marker is located in Devils Tower National Monument; 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 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Buried Tower (within shouting distance of this marker); How Did the Tower Form? (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Devils Tower ... the first National Monument (about 700 feet away); Friends, Family, and Fun (about 700 feet away); Life Above and Below Ground (approx. half a mile away); What Are Those Big Concrete Pyramids Down by the River? (approx. 0.6 miles away); Devils Tower (approx. 2˝ miles away); a different marker also named Devils Tower (approx. 2˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hulett.
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Also see . . . Devils Tower National Monument. Official National Park Service website. (Submitted on March 25, 2014.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 25, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 355 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 25, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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