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  • Devils Tower & HulettMs. Fosketts Fierce 5th Grade Class

    Devils Tower, Hulett, and the surrounding area has much to offer! The Black Hills Na-tional Forest is a one hundred twenty five mile long and sixty five mile wide forest. The name comes from a Lakota word Paha Sapa which means Hills that are black.

    Located just nine miles from Hulett is our well known Na-tional Monument, Devils Tower which attracts roughly 400,000 visitors per year. About 65 million years ago Devils Tower was formed when there was a crack in the crust of the earth. Overtime, the lava cooled and soil erosion occurred. Now what you see is a giant igneous rock that stands 5,114 ft tall with a flat rough surface and hexago-nal columns forming the sides of the tower. Devils tower was established on Sept. 24, 1906 by Theodore Roosevelt as the first National monument. Because of Devils Towers odd formation, the Native Americans created a legend which is shared by more than 24 tribes.

    This is one description of the many legends of Devils Tower: A mans wife was taken by a gi-gantic bear. His six brothers tried to help him so they set off to the bears den. When they got there, the youngest brother turned him-self into a gopher and dug a hole into the bears den. When he got into the den he put the bear to sleep and turned himself back into a human. He got his broth-ers wife and ran off far away from the bears cave. The young-est brother had a rock with him, and sang to it four times to make it grow. The rock grew until it touched the sky. They stood on

    Town to Town Approximate Mileage RoadSpearfish to Belle Fourche 11 miles US 85

    Belle Fourche to Aladdin 17 miles SD 34 / WY 24

    Aladdin to Alva 14 miles WY 24

    Hwy 111 Cut-Across 9 miles WY 111

    Alva to Hulett 10 miles WY 24

    Hulett to Devils Tower 10 miles WY 24

    Devils Tower to Sundance 37 miles WY 24 / US 14

    Sundance to Beulah 19 miles Old Highway 14

    Beulah to Spearfish 12 miles Old Highway 14/US 14A

    Ms. Fosketts Fierce 5th Grade Class

  • the rock while it grew because the bear had awoken and found them. The youngest brother carried four arrows with him. The youngest brother shot an arrow through the top of the bears head. He killed the bear. He hunted and killed all but two bears. He cut off their tails and ears and told the bears to never bother people again. Thats why bears have short ears and no tails.

    Speaking of animals, here are some real life animals that you may find at the Tower. Some include: deer, fox, coy-otes, chipmunks, squirrels, and snakes. However, the Black Tailed Prairie Dog is the most popular animal near Devils Tower. They are one of the members of 2,000 rodent species found all over the world. Prairie Dogs are small and weigh 1-3 pounds. They eat nuts, seeds, and plants but remember, please dont feed the Prairie Dogs! Sodium can cause death and they may bite if they feel in danger. Now that you know about the Black Tailed Prairie Dog, go visit Devils Tower and you just might see one.

    Nine miles Northeast of Devils Tower is our beloved town of Hulett. Founded by Lewis Morgan Hulett who was born on Feb 7, 1830. His family came to Crook County Wyoming in 1881 and their arrival made his family some of the earliest pioneers. A post office was established in 1886 and at that time Hulett, Wyoming was put on the map.

    One reason we kept our spot on the map is because of our magnificent logging operations. Neiman Enterpris-es, Inc., uses 100% of the logs brought in creating pellets, shavings, bark, and lumber which are all made of Ponderosa Pine. The Neiman family started saw-milling in 1936. In 1940 they moved the mill to Hulett. Through the years, the Neimans faced many troubles

    keeping the mill in business such as moving locations and a fire. Neiman Enterprises, Inc. has worked hard to be successful which now includes four facilities: Rushmore Forest Products, Devils Tower Forest Prod-ucts, Spearfish Forest Products, and Mountrose Forest Products.

    Hulett, the home of our sawmills is also the home of the mighty Red Devils. Our school is known for our outstanding, hands-on programs. One program that is very popular is our Ag program which is affiliated with the FFA (Future Farmers of America) and is available for 6-12 graders. In the Ag classroom students have the opportunity to learn about working in the shop, develop a work ethic, and about different types of farm animals and ranching. Animals are kept at the Outdoor Classroom in the barn and in pens where additional activities take place. There is also a greenhouse available for all students and the community.

    Another wonderful opportunity for students is woodshop. Students in junior high do individual projects that are assigned such as co2 race cars. When students enter high school, there is an assigned project such as pieces of furni-ture that are made out of pine wood. In the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year of high school, students design and build projects of their choice.

    These are some of the things that Hulett and the surrounding areas have to offer. Maybe sometime you can make it to our area and experience it for your-self. Hope to see you soon!!

    Kind Regards, Ms. Fosketts Fierce 5th Grade

    Cover Photo By Missy McAmis Crazy Woman Realty Copyright All Rights Reserved

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  • Originating in the late 1800s, Aladdin, WY (population15) is now a 30 acre hamlet in eastern Crook County, Wyoming. It lies at the junction of WYO 24 and WYO 111 northeast of the town of Sundance, Wyoming west of Belle Fourche, SD. At an elevation is 3,688 feet, Aladdin has long been a via for travelers passing through northeast Wyoming. Many tourists traveling to and from Devils Tower have stopped in this town and discovered an oasis. Friendly people, great food, and a general store beyond compare are just part of the Aladdin experience.


    Approximate Elevation: 1124 Latitude: 44.63999 Longitude: -104.18355

    Five of the Great Creek Destinations for Fly Fishing the Black HillsFly fishing, romanticized by many and loved

    by many more, is one of the most popular types of fishing in the Black Hills. From Wyoming to the Northern Hills and through the Southern Hills, fly fisherman find much success in our area waters.

    Listed below are five of the creeks that are loved by some of the local fisherman.

    1. Sand Creek (Wyoming)

    2. Spearfish Creek

    3. Castle Creek

    4. Whitewood Creek

    5. Rapid Creek

    If you decide to wet your line while in the Black Hills, good luck! Remember to check all local regulations.

    Aladdin Coal Mine (1913) Aladdin Mercantile (1915)

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    Latitude: 45.5703 N, Longitude: 107.4275 W


    Sundance TrailsOne of the great trail systems in the Black Hills National Forest is the Sundance Trail near Sun-dance, Wyoming. This easy-to-difficult trail is almost 50 miles long and has an elevation change of 1600 feet; topping out at 6200 FASL. Weaving through the dense forest and open ridges of the Bearlodge Mountains, views of Devils Tower, the Custer Expedition Route, and the Twin Missouri

    Buttes avail themselves. Many wildlife opportuni-ties also exist. Whether hiking, mountain biking, or horseback riding, the trail system is challenging but serene and beautiful!

    Contact the Black Hills National For-est for more infor-mation. http://1.usa.gov/1DGc1iQ

    Little Bighorn Battlefield national monument

    Are you on your way to or from the Black Hills and need a day trip filled with entertainment and history? The Little Bighorn Battlefield doesnt disappoint!

    Located just off of I-90 at Montana Exit 510, this Monument commemorates the Sioux and Cheyennes noble efforts to preserve their way of life. In 1876, on June 25 and 26, 263 soldiers, including Lt. Col. George A. Custer and attached personnel of the U.S. Army, died battling several thousand Lakota, and Cheyenne warriors. Relive the battle through auto tours, audio tours, video, museum exhibits, trails, the Indian Museum, Custer National Cemetery, and a walk up to Custers Last Stand. The site, first preserved as a National Cemetery in 1879, is a great experience for one and all.

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  • The Sundance KidHarry A. Longabaugh, also

    known as The Sundance Kid, went to the Black Hills area near the Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota border in the spring of 1887, but he could not find ranch work. He was only able to earn his room and board. After about a month and a half, he worked his way back towards Montana, via the VVV (Three V) Ranch in Sundance, Wyoming.

    The VVV Ranch, also known as Western Ranches, LTD., was located on the Belle Fourche River just north of Sundance. Their horse camp and winter quarters were located on Crow Creek near the tri-state border. The old camp area is still a ranch today, and the original cabin is now used as a commu-nity building.

    In 1887, the VVV Ranch was owned by English investors and was under the management of John Clay and his assistant, Robert Robinson. John Clay was a very influential man in the area. He was president of the Wyoming Stock Growers Association and a member of the exclusive Cheyenne Club. In later years, he and Robinson became major stockholders in the Butte county Bank in Belle Fourche, South Dakota.

    On February 27, 1887, young Harry stole a light gray horse, a revolver and a saddle

    outfit from Alonzo Craven of the VVV Ranch and headed up to-wards Miles City, Montana. Clay had the employees of the VVV Ranch spread ou