No, I'm not a big close encounters cultish fan, we just thought it was cool, and wanted to see it. In fact, it ended up being one of our favorite places on the trip, and we didn't plan on going there until we got all the way to SD.
This post might be educational.
Devil's Tower National Monument.
It played an important role in the Sci-Fi thriller, "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" back in 1977. Of course, I'm just going on rumors as I wasn't born until many, many, MANY years later. Did I mention many?
According to the Kiowa, seven little girls went out to play and were spotted by several giant bears, who began to chase them. In an effort to escape the bears, the girls climbed atop a rock, fell to their knees and prayed to Great Spirit to save them. Hearing their prayers, the Great Spirit made the rock to rise from the ground towards the Heavens so that the bears could not reach the girls. The bears, in an effort to climb the rock, left deep claw marks in the sides which had become too steep to climb. (Those are the marks which appear today on the sides of Devils Tower.) When the girls reached the sky, they were turned into the star constellation the Pleiades.
Which if you look, is not what exactly is depicted on the painting above, but the story that goes with the brochure that the National Park Service distributes.
Something else fascinating there, rock climbing!
But who blames them, look at the view:
We stayed for quite some time. Several hours. Explored around, sat and watched the birds, the climbers, just people. Marveled at this huge formation.
Definitely worth the trip.
Now, do you feel educated?