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Happy 111th Birthday of “The Devil s Tower” being a US National Monument.

September 24, 2017

conradbrunstrom

devilstower

I’ve never seen it in the flesh (and it looks more like flesh than rock).  In my mind’s eye of course it’s made of mashed potato – its grooves painstakingly applied by Richard Dreyfuss in front of his bewildered family.

The Lakota prefer the names Matȟó Thípila or Ptehé Ǧí, and have their own tales of how this igneous rock that towers 800 feet above the plain was created.   The most prevalent story involves girls who were chased by bears praying to the gods not to be eaten and the gods promptly elevating the rock they were praying from to a convenient and safe height.   The grooves on the side are the scratch marks of bears.   I’m not a geologist and I have to say this account seems quite plausible to me.

Eccentric US President and pioneering conservationist Teddy Roosevelt made The Devils Tower (as those of…

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