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Medora in Billings County, North Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Wind Canyon – Carved by Wind and Water – Marred by Man

 
 
Wind Canyon – Carved by Wind and Water – Marred by Man Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 20, 2015
1. Wind Canyon – Carved by Wind and Water – Marred by Man Marker
Inscription.  
These soft sandstone deposits, built up by wind and water and then carved into strange and fantastic shapes by the same forces, have fascinated man for at least 5,000 years.

Note the absence of carvings in the sculptured walls seen in this photograph taken in 1925. The fresh scars on the canyon wall in front of you point out a tragic fact: Man is quickly destroying this place of beauty.

You can make a difference in what remains for future generations. Please enjoy this area without leaving your mark. Report any vandalism to park personnel!
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Natural Features.
 
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 46° 59.289′ N, 103° 29.17′ W. Marker was in Medora, North Dakota, in Billings County. Marker was on E River Road, on the left when traveling north. Marker is located in the South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Medora ND 58645, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Beef Corral Bottom (approx. 0.7 miles away); Building From Hard Times
Wind Canyon – Carved by Wind and Water – Marred by Man Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 20, 2015
2. Wind Canyon – Carved by Wind and Water – Marred by Man Marker
(approx. 1˝ miles away); North Dakota Badlands (approx. 2.3 miles away); The Shooting of Riley Luffsey (approx. 5 miles away); Historic Medora—Boom and Bust (approx. 5.1 miles away); On Track to Adventure (approx. 5.1 miles away); In honor of a President . . . and His Conservation Legacy (approx. 5.3 miles away); Stephen Tyng Mather (approx. 5.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Medora.
 
More about this marker. Two photographs appear on the marker. One depicts the canyon wall how it originally appeared, and the other shows initials carved in the stone.
 
Marker in Theodore Roosevelt National Park image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 20, 2015
3. Marker in Theodore Roosevelt National Park
Wind Canyon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 20, 2015
4. Wind Canyon Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 6, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 14, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 270 times since then and 2 times this year. Last updated on August 5, 2020, by Connor Olson of Lemmon, South Dakota. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 14, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.
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