Devils Tower — Our First National Monument

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Devils Tower painting by Teresa Bernard
© Copyright 2019 – Present

Size: 6″ w x 6″ h
Support: Gallery Wrap Stretched Canvas
Description: A miniature landscape painting of Devils Tower National Monument. This painting will not need to be framed as the painted image extends around the edges of the painting. Comes with a Certificate of Authenticity signed by the artist.

Not to scale

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Artist Comments: My husband and I visited Devils Tower National Monument in the summer of 2016. This place is a unique geological rock tower which rises above the grassy plains of northeast Wyoming. At the time we were vacationing in Rapid City, South Dakota and since the tower was within driving distance of our hotel, we simply could not pass up the opportunity to visit this “one-of-a-kind natural wonder.”

Devils Tower could be seen from miles away as we made our approach to the national park. Upon arriving at our destination we drove through the 2.1 square mile park which surrounded the monument. We couldn’t help but notice the tower as it was the centerpiece of the park. It looked like a giant granite tree stump with a flat summit and fluted sides.

Devils Tower stands more than 867 feet from its base to the summit and measures approximately 180 feet by 300 feet at the top and is about a mile in circumference at the base. Around the base of the tower is a 1.25-mile self-guided hiking trail that provided us with spectacular close-up views of the tower. There was another much wider 3-mile trail that also loops around the tower, but we didn’t take that one. We spent a better part of the day there exploring and learning all we could about the tower before heading back to the hotel. All-in-all it was a wonderful experience that I would recommend to anyone.

Why “Devils Tower” and Not “Devil’s Tower”?

Devils Tower was declared America’s first official national monument by President Teddy Roosevelt in 1906. Originally it was called “Devil’s Tower” with an apostrophe, however, somewhere along the way the apostrophe was dropped due to clerical error and was never corrected. To this day it is still called Devils Tower with no apostrophe.

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UPDATED: 24 August 2020

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