The Badlands Wall
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.
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 State Highway 240, on the left when
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Typical Sod House Homesteader (approx. 2½ 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); A 75-Million-Year Walk (approx. 5.1 miles away); Bands of Time (approx. 5.1 miles away); What a Find! (approx. 5.2 miles away); Under the Sea (approx. 5.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Interior.
More about this marker. Marker is in Badlands National Park and requires an entrance fee or annual pass.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 30, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 699 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 30, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.