Ekalaka is a town in and the county seat of Carter County, Montana, United States. The population was 332 at the 2010 census. Continue reading... From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
The Best Attractions In Ekalaka
1. Medicine Rocks State ParkEkalaka Medicine Rocks State Park is a park owned by the state of Montana in the United States. It is located about 25 miles west-southwest of Baker, Montana, and 11 miles north of Ekalaka, Montana. The park is named for the Medicine Rocks, a series of sandstone pillars similar to hoodoos some 60 to 80 feet high with eerie undulations, holes, and tunnels in them. The rocks contain numerous examples of Native American rock art, and are considered a sacred holy place by Plains Indians. The park is 330 acres in size and 3,379 feet in elevation. It is managed by the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks. Theodore Roosevelt said Medicine Rocks was as fantastically beautiful a place as I have ever seen. The park was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2017. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Backroads of Montana: Episode 8 - The Badlands (1996)
Episode Eight of Backroads of Montana hosted by Montana TV & Radio personality, William Marcus.
We start with a tour of the Cameron Gallery in Terry, then stop at Makoshika State Park near Glendive to talk with dinosaur hunter Doc Hiatt, then visit the Medicine Rocks near Ekalaka. After chats with a saddlemaker and a pair of Wibaux homesteading pioneers, we conclude our journey by passing time with a trio of Ryegate retirees who combine woodworking and bird watching. This show originates from Ulm Pishkun State Park near Great Falls.
Program Updates The Evelyn Cameron Gallery in Terry is still open and the town inaugurated the “Lady Cameron Heritage Days” in the summer of 2005. The event is expected to recur each year during the Prairie County Fair. Ivy Brubaker, who shared her family’s Cameron album with us, died in February 2006. She was 97. Doc Hiatt no longer hikes Makoshika Park near Glendive but still enjoys the park’s wildflowers and picnic areas. The kindly Wibaux ladies who traded stories of cold Montana winters have passed on. Miriam Breitenfeldt passed away in early 1997 at age 92. Lela Hall died in June, 1998. She was 98. Saddle maker John Brown eventually moved his saddle shop from Ekalaka to Miles City. He died in April, 2005. Ulm Pishkun State Park near Great Falls was renamed First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park in 2007.
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Medicine Rocks State Park
In the southeastern corner of Montana, just north of Ekalaka are the great sandstone pillars of Medicine Rocks State Park. As its name implies, Medicine Rocks was a place of big medicine where Indian hunting parties conjured up magical spirits. One of the parks first tourist in the late 1800's, a young rancher and future U.S. president, Teddy Roosevelt wrote; As fantastically beautiful a place as I have ever seen,. Weathering has given the soft sandstone rock formations a swiss-cheese look carved by time, water, and wind. Around 65 million years ago, much of Montana was covered by a vast, tropical sea. What today is eastern Montana was at the sea's edge. Some geologist theorize that a sandy river emptied into the sea here and other suggest that sand dunes are the origins of the Medicine Rocks. Whatever the source these geographic marvels compacted under the pressure of their own weight, eventually turning to stone. Then the relentless winds sweeping off the prairies carved away at the stone creating fascinating columns, buttes, spires and pillars.
Early visitors to Medicine Rock State Park left their mark on the park. Encased in fossilized form can be seen the remanents of ancient turtles, small mammals, mollusks, and palm trees in the ancient sandstone formations. Archaeologist also have found Indian tools, weapons, and tipi rings in the park. This unique park is 330 acres in size and is at an elevation of 3,379 feet.