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Near Ekalaka in Carter County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

A Fantastically Beautiful Place: The Medicine Rocks

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, September 12, 2020
1. A Fantastically Beautiful Place: The Medicine Rocks Marker
Inscription.  Medicine Rocks State Park was once a sea of sand dunes. About 61 million years ago during the Tertiary Era, a large freshwater river deposited fine-grained sands along its shores. From there, coastal winds blew the sand into dunes that eventually compacted into soft sandstone. That soft rock was especially susceptible to wind erosion, which caused hollowed out hols in the face of the rock. The Medicine Rocks exhibit crossbedding, where thin layers of sandstone lie at angles with thick sandstone beds. For millions of years, the wind has sculpted the soft sandstone into many strange and bizarre shapes that like shifting clouds, almost overwhelm the imagination in their complexity and ability to inspire wonder. Native Americans early recognized the distinctiveness of the Medicine Rocks. They used the area as a vision quest site, meeting place, shelter, and as a lookout to spot enemies and bison. A Lakota named Charging Bear called the rocks a place "where the spirits stayed and medicine men played." Like the Native Americans before them, non-Indian settlers also recognized the uniqueness of Medicine Rocks as a place to gather and enjoy on of Montana's
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By Barry Swackhamer, September 12, 2020
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geologic wonders.
 
Erected by Montana Department of Transportation.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native AmericansNatural Features.
 
Location. 46° 2.741′ N, 104° 27.495′ W. Marker is near Ekalaka, Montana, in Carter County. Marker is on Park Entrance Road near State Highway 7, on the right when traveling east. The marker is about 11 miles north of Ekalaka. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ekalaka MT 59324, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Home on the Range (approx. half a mile away); A River Ran Through It (approx. half a mile away); Prairie Island (approx. 0.8 miles away); Inyan-oka-la-ka (approx. one mile away); Ekalaka (approx. 10˝ miles away); First National Bank of Ekalaka/Rickard Hardware Building (approx. 11.6 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Most People Don’t Know About This Ancient Sacred Park.., And It's a Shame -- Only In Your State. Tribes came here searching for medicinal plants to use in their vision quests and to rest after traveling. Some of them even lived here permanently. (Submitted on January 9, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.) 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, September 12, 2020
3. Medicine Rocks
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By Barry Swackhamer, September 12, 2020
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 9, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 9, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 49 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 9, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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