Throwback Thursday: Devil’s Tower 1906
One-hundred, fourteen years ago, today, Devil’s Tower or, Bear Lodge Butte, was established as the first US National Monument by President Theodore Roosevelt. Composed of igneous rock, and possibly laccolithic, it is located in the Bear Lodge Mountains of the Black Hills, near Hulett and Sundance, in Crook County, Wyoming. It is also known as Matȟó Thípila by the Lakota and Daxpitcheeaasáao by the Crow (try to pronounce those). It got it’s religious moniker in 1875 when an interpreter for Colonel Richard Dodge, leading an expedition, misunderstood a native name and thought it meant Bad God’s Tower.
Close Encounters of the Third Kind 1977 (AMC’s Filmsite)
The Dakota Peoples (Google Books)
Satellites in the High Country (Google Books)
Devil’s Tower: First 50 Years (National Park Service PDF)
Proposed Name Change (Rapid City Journal June 22, 2015)
Native American Story & Culture (Wikipedia)
Other Native Names (Wikipedia)
Tower Ladder (Wikipedia)
12 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday: Devil’s Tower 1906”
September 25, 2020 at 12:50 AM
“Everything is ready here on the dark side of the moon.”
“There’s nothing wrong with the air.” ~Roy
September 25, 2020 at 1:36 AM
I haven’t seen that movie in YEARS.
September 28, 2020 at 10:25 PM
This looks really cool. I would like to see this. The more I read about Theodore Roosevelt the more I like the man. He was his own man it seems.
September 28, 2020 at 10:53 PM
I feel stupid that me and the Marine never went there. We were all over Wyoming and the Black Hills.
Don’t you remember seeing this in “Close Encounters…?”
September 28, 2020 at 11:05 PM
No I do not. I’ve never watched the complete movie in one sitting for some odd reason
September 28, 2020 at 11:47 PM
So, playing with your mashed potatoes doesn’t remind you of it, either. LOL! Everyone should see this movie at least once. It takes liberties but, it is supremely quirky.
September 28, 2020 at 11:52 PM
I know…Something always seems to come up…I have it of course…I will make time to see it. Bailey is studying Spielberg anyway for college…
He asked his teacher…can’t we study Kubrick? lol.
September 29, 2020 at 12:32 AM
What kind of class studies Spielberg?
September 29, 2020 at 12:35 AM
Part of his films class. He doesn’t like it…he wanted either Kubrick or Scorsese
September 29, 2020 at 12:38 AM
Man. I never had a film class in college.
September 29, 2020 at 12:39 AM
Well since he is studying cinematography it is required.
September 29, 2020 at 12:40 AM
Ah. That makes sense! LOL!