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The vast valley below was once an overflowing bounty of resources. The rich grasslands and forest flooded often with fresh water, attracting elk and bison to graze. The sacred bison gave life with every part of its body, providing food and shelter . . . — — Map (db m202617) HM
After landing a parachute atop the Tower, George Hopkins watched his 1,000-foot-long descent rope fall out of reach. It was his only way down. Stuck and afraid to fall asleep on the summit, Hopkins paced in the gusty October wind while rescue plans . . . — — Map (db m202615) HM
Devils Tower, an important landmark for Plains Indian tribes long before the white man reached Wyoming, was called Mateo Tepee, or Grizzly Bear Lodge, by the Sioux. A number of Indian legends describe the origin of Devils Tower. One legend tells . . . — — Map (db m34465) HM
Although Devils Tower has long been a prominent landmark in northeastern Wyoming. the origin of the mammoth rock obelisk remains somewhat obscure. Geologists agree that Devils Tower consist of molten rock forced upward from deep within the earth. . . . — — Map (db m97986) HM
President Theodore Roosevelt proclaimed Devils Tower a national monument on September 24, 1906.
President Roosevelt acted under the authority of of the Antiquities Act of 1906 which declared, "that the President of the United States is . . . — — Map (db m98001) HM
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 . . . — — Map (db m98000) HM
The Tower boasts a rich and colorful climbing history. In 1893 two local ranchers first climbed the Tower using a wooden stake ladder (below). Forty-four years later, Fritz Wiessner made the first ascent using ropes and modern techniques.
The . . . — — Map (db m202612) HM
All climbers have a reason. The first climbers on record to summit Devils Tower, Willard Ripley and William Rogers, faced a bleak year on the ranch. Money was scarce, but Rogers had an idea. As Rogers gathered materials, Ripley built a ladder that . . . — — Map (db m202616) HM
Ever wonder what those big concrete pyramids down by the river are? Why are they there? How long have they been there?
Before the Keyhole Dam was built in 1952, the old bridge (built in 1928) across the Belle Fourche River was frequently . . . — — Map (db m113168) HM