Devils Tower

Devils Tower National Monument is a United States National Monument that is located in Crook County in northeastern Wyoming. The Monument was established as the first national monument by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1906 through his use of the Antiquities Act. The Monument is the core of an ancient volcano; the surrounding softer rock has over time been eroded to reveal cooled magma hardened into igneous rock, appearing as fluted shafts and columns rising over 500 feet in the air. The monolithic tower rises above the Belle Fourche River at the edge of the Black Hills region, known in this section as the Bear Lodge Mountains.

Devils Tower is a monolithic igneous intrusion, or in otherwords, it is the core of a volcano exposed from erosion. It is located in the Black Hills in Crook County, northeastern Wyoming, above the Belle Fourche River. It rises dramatically 1,267 feet above the surrounding terrain and the summit is 5,112 feet above sea level.

Devils Tower was the first declared United States National Monument, established on September 24, 1906 by President Theodore Roosevelt.

The Monument’s boundary encloses an area of 1,347 acres The name Devil’s Tower originated in 1875 during an expedition led by Col. Richard Irving Dodge when his interpreter misinterpreted the name to mean Bad God’s Tower. This was later shortened to the Devil’s Tower. All information signs in that area use the name “Devils Tower”, following a geographic naming standard whereby the apostrophe is eliminated.

In 2005, a proposal to recognize several American Indian ties through the additional designation of the monolith as Bear Lodge National Historic Landmark met with opposition from the US Representative Barbara Cubin, arguing that a “name change will harm the tourist trade and bring economic hardship to area communities”.

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~ by ferry1984 on July 15, 2011.

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