The stories of Devils Tower National Monument are as varied as the columns which form the massive monolith. The oldest stories are told by the rocks themselves, helping scientists unravel the geologic mystery of the formation. Although oral histories passed down by American Indians explain other viewpoints of the Tower's creation, their importance lies in created a link between the place and the people.
More recently come stories of local white Americans and their relationship with the Tower. They are found in the early days of park service management and the first people to climb to the Tower's summit. Today, people continue to evoke their own connections to the park, whether it be through stories of the past or finding their own story as they experience this place.
Stories of Devils Tower National Monument
- Oral Histories - Read some of the histories passed down by the many tribes affiliated with this site
- Stake Ladder - Learn about two local ranchers who dreamed big and accomplished the impossible
- First Technical Climb - Find a transcript of the report filed by Newell Joyner (park custodian) about the first ascent of Devils Tower
- The Parachutist - Read about the famous ordeal of George Hopkins being stranded on the summit for six days
- Women Climbers - Whether using the stake ladder or modern techniques, learn about the first women to scale the Tower