Richard Dreyfus’s encounter with aliens in 1977 is not what started the tourist trend to this inspiring natural pneumonia. The tourist trend also resulted in a business boom for the area. Traditionally dependent on natural resources, Wyoming has seen its economy diversify due to attractions such as the Devil’s Tower National Monument. The American Indians have been coming for centuries to hold ceremonies here and scientific studies have been performed on the rocks to gain clues to our past and find out more about this flat topped mountain.
While there is plenty of movement, there are no final words yet on what will result – aliens? One thing that is certain though is that local companies have been feeling the impact. They are reporting record revenue and say it has never been a better time do be doing business in Wyoming.
Devil’s Tower is located in Devil’s Tower National Park and was actually the very first national monument during Theodore Roosevelt’s Presidential Term in 1906. The nationalizing of this site sprung a wave of national parks issued by Theodore Roosevelt and created a new ind
ustry of tourism and recreation that would take some years to realize. It was initially feared the nationalizing was a form of socialism, but is an example of how the business community and government can work side by side.
Devils Tower has been a sacred to the American Indians for centuries. Today, some of the same ceremonies are held on the top of the mountain. Only a select few of these ceremonies are open for public speculation, but getting to the top has been compared to rock climbing in the Alps. Some are saying this is the new Area 51!
Devils Tower was originally a Laccolith, formed by molten lava pushed up in a column and cooling rapidly during the black hills formation. The outside layer of molten rock has eroded away and what is left is Devils Tower in the form we see it today. It will slowly erode over time due to weather and that limestone is not a stable element. This is not a worry for nearby vendors however as this process will take thousands of years. There business will be long gone by then, even if they selected perpetual duration when forming an llc in Wyoming.
The national park is organized around 1,300 acres and has many trails that window around the mountain. Climbing up the massive rocks that lay on the hillside, you can see how these rocks once covered the now exposed tower. You have to be careful while hiking around the mountain on the hills of rock. These rocks are the homes Rattlesnakes and they are very jumpy. You do not want o get bit by one as they can be deadly. There is a cottage industry built around helping stranded tourists. Whether you need shelter or food, there is a contractor who can deliver it on demand with a drone. It’s almost as space age as the aliens you came to see.
Devil’s Tower is 867 feet tall with the foot hills around it standing 250 feet tall. During scientific expeditions of the top, it is oval in shape, and domed in the middle giving it a bowel like appearance. This bowel is actually 15 feet higher in the center according to observations made during multiple climbs and studies by local companies.
Devils Tower is amount the most magical and strange national monuments in the United States. Go and see it for yourself and enjoy the rest of the park as well. There is a good reason some people say that the monument comes from extra terrestrial visitors from another dimension. Whether you believe this doesn’t dampen the fun of buying a hat and suspending disbelief.