Medora in Billings County, North Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Wind Canyon – Carved by Wind and Water – Marred by Man
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!
Location. 46° 59.289′ N, 103° 29.17′ W. Marker is in Medora, North Dakota, in Billings County. Marker is on E River Road, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located in the South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Marker is in this post office area: Medora ND 58645, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Beef Corral Bottom (approx. 0.7 miles away); Building From Hard Times (approx. 1½ miles away); North Dakota Badlands (approx. 2.3 miles away); River Woodland (approx. 3.7 miles away); The Shooting of Riley Luffsey Historic Medora (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.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 14, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 186 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 14, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.