Yellowstone Park Devil’s Tower Monument bear legend origins

Yellowstone Park Devil’s Tower Monument

Yellowstone park, devil’s tower monument

Yellowstone park is the oldest, biggest, and most famous national park in the United States.

Located primarily in Wyoming and established in 1872, it covers some 2,220,000 acres and is visited by more than two million persons yearly.

Rugged mountains, deep canyons, thundering waterfalls, sparkling lakes, evergreen forests, and lush meadows.

This is a magnificent setting for the bear, elk, and bison that roam its precincts and for the eagles, swans, and pelicans that raise their families there.

Yellowstone gains much of its fame from the thousands of hot springs and hundreds of geysers—foremost among them Old Faithful.

It used to erupt on an average every 65 minutes, but in recent years it has not been quite so faithful.

However, another interesting tourist attraction is the devil's tower monument which has a fascinating legend attached to it's origin.

Devil's tower and the bear legend.

Devil’s Tower Monument bear legend origins

Looking like a huge, petrified tree stump, Devil’s Tower was declared to be such in 1906.

Said to be of volcanic origin, it thrusts its bulk 865 feet into the sky.

Geologists say it is the remnant of a volcanic intrusion. As time passed, it was eroded into its present form.

Indian legend says seven little Indian girls were chased by bears and sought refuge on a low rock, and to save them, the gods raised the rock high up into the sky.

The girls, the legend says, are still visible as seven stars, the Pleiades.

The enraged bears clawed the sides in a vain effort to reach them—the claw marks still being visible as the fluting on the sides of the tower.