(photo courtesy of the Devils Tower National Monument)
(Gillette, Wyo.) Things are about to get a little celebratory at Devils Tower; it’s nearly time for the annual Old Settlers’ Picnic.
In the 1890s, pioneers in the area started gathering at Devils Tower. They were the men and women, known as the Old Settlers, who settled the towns and ranches near the iconic rock formation. The gathering became known as the Old Settlers’ Picnic. In 1934, over 4,000 people attended, and the picnic has become a welcome opportunity for local communities to recognize the pioneers of the area.
The Devils Tower Natural History Association honors distinguished members of the community every year. This year, Gerald and Jackie Mclerney, Milo and Carmen Van Horn, Dean Conzelman, and Betty Roberts have all been selected as honorees.
Mr. Gib Young, who has appeared before audiences all across the country including the White House and Mt. Rushmore, will be portraying President Theodore Roosevelt.
Live acoustic music will be played by Gigi Love, a volunteer troubadour for the parks, who has a passion for capturing the story of our parks through the power of song.
Residents are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch and to get ready to enjoy a good, old-fashioned visit with family and friends.
This year, the celebration starts at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 24. Admission to the park is free. Ice cream, cake, and games will be provided for all ages.
All programs are free of charge, though the National Park Service advises the time and date of the celebration could change in the event of inclement weather.