Devils Tower is an impressive sight, visible for miles among the rolling hills of northeastern Wyoming. Its vertical columns of phonolite porphyry are strikingly different from the surrounding geology.
Devil's Tower National Monument was the first National Monument, established in 1906 by President Theodore Roosevelt. National Monuments are part of the National Park System and are administered by the National Park Service. National Parks are created by acts of Congress while National Monuments are federal lands protected by Presidential designation. Devil's Tower was the first area protected under the Antiquities Act, a law sponsored by Congressman John F Lacey who is also remembered for the Lacey Act which protects wildlife.
distance from Kalamazoo: 1165 miles This post is part of a series of Road Trip posts.
I teach economics at Kalamazoo College. My wife is also an economist. We were on sabbatical in Europe for the 2014-15 academic year. (Salamanca, Spain, followed by Oxford, UK.) We were in Uruguay for the 2006-7 academic year.