History of Badlands National Monument
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Cover photo: THE CASTLE, five miles west of Cedar Pass and just west of Norbeck Pass, is a spectacular saw-tooth ridge which was named by early local ranchers. The spires rise more than 200 feet above the Fossil Exhibit Trail (see Figure 28) and approximately 450 feet above the lower grassland plains which are out of view on the left. The ridge is an eroded remnant of rock layers which formerly covered Badlands National Monument and surrounding areas.


Chronology of Badlands National Monument and the White River (Big) Badlands

Early Indians and Explorers

The Settlers Come

Legislation for Park Establishment

The Depression Years

Early Development of the National Monument

Mission 66 Development


A Annual Visitor Use, 1938 - 1967

B Custodians and Superintendents of Badlands National Monument

C Picture Credits

D Footnotes and References

E Map of Badlands National Monument

Copyright© 1968 by the Badlands Natural History Association
Badlands National Monument
Interior, South Dakota 57750

Library of Congress Catalog Number: 68-19055

Bulletin No. 1

This booklet is published by the Badlands Natural History Association, a nonprofit corporation dedicated to assisting the National Park Service in its scientific, educational, historical, and interpretive activities at Badlands National Monument. Organized in 1959, the association is incorporated under the laws of the State of South Dakota. It is recognized by the National Park Service, United States Department of the Interior, as an official cooperating organization.

The Badlands Natural History Association wishes to thank the many local people who have contributed their know-how and resources in making this publication possible.


History of Badlands National Monument
©1968, Badlands Natural History Association
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Copyright © 1968 by the Badlands Natural History Association and may not be reproduced in any manner without the written consent of the Badlands Natural History Association.