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Devil’s Tower

An amazing tower that protrudes out of the prairie surrounding the Black Hills. This site is considered Sacred to the Lakota and many other tribes that have a connection to the area. Hundreds of parallel cracks make it one of the finest traditional crack climbing areas in North America.

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American Indians have regarded the Tower as a sacred site long before climbers found their way to the area. Recently, American Indian people have expressed concerns over recreational climbing at Devils Tower. Some perceive climbing on the Tower as a desecration to their sacred site. It appears to many American Indians that climbers and hikers do not respect their culture by the very act of climbing on or near the Tower.

 

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Some 5,000 climbers come every year from all over the world to climb on the massive columns.  When we were there we were able to spot 5 climbers. There is a voluntary closing in June to respect the American Indian beliefs.

 

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The ride to the tower was equally beautiful.

 

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On another one of our rides we can across this:

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After some research we came to find out that this is where Buddy Holly’s plan crashed in 1959. On his “Winter Dance Party” tour they came into some logistical challenges and were forced to take a plane instead of the bus to make the next event.  The pilot took off in bad weather and crashed shortly after take off.  This is the memorial at the site.

 

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And he couldn’t resist.

 

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Next up…on our way to Forrest IA to the Winnebago factory and a side trip to Brit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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  1. Welcome back. Thanks for a wonderful description of your trip. So much of America I have still got to see.

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