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Near Devils Tower in Crook County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
 

Friends, Family, and Fun

The Old Settler's Picnic - A Devils Tower Tradition

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, June 6, 2016
1. Friends, Family, and Fun Marker
Inscription. Music! Dancing! Baseball! Food! Drink! Friends! Relatives! All this and more took place at the Old Settler's Picnic. Pioneer gatherings at the Tower, usually on the 4th of July, started in the 1890s. These events drew hundreds for the biggest local celebration of the year. Starting in 1932, these events became known as the Old Setter's Picnic. The largest event took place in 1934, with 4,532 participants.
The purpose of the Old Settler's Picnic was hidden in its name. The Old Settlers were the men and women who founded the towns and ranches in the area. They drove the first cattle on the trails, The Old Settler's Picnic was a chance for the community to say "thank you" to their founders.
During the Devils Tower National Monument Centennial Year of 2006, the picnic was revived. Once again, members of the local communities come together, usually on Father's Day, to celebrate the Tower, their local heritage, and their respected elders.
 
Erected by U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service.
 
Location. 44° 35.412′ N, 104° 43.176′ W. Marker is near Devils Tower, Wyoming, in Crook County. Marker is on Devils Tower National Monument Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Devils Tower WY 82714, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
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By Barry Swackhamer, June 6, 2016
2. Friends, Family, and Fun Marker
At least 7 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Devils Tower ... the first National Monument (here, next to this marker); How Did the Tower Form? (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Buried Tower (about 500 feet away); People of the Land (about 700 feet away); Life Above and Below Ground (approx. 0.7 miles away); Devils Tower (approx. 2.6 miles away); a different marker also named Devils Tower (approx. 2.7 miles away).
 
More about this marker. This marker is located in Devils Tower Visitors Center parking lot near the Tower Trail trailhead.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 20, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 20, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 162 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 20, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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