September 2, 2012

A Beaut of a Butte

Posted in History, Photos tagged , , , at 11:02 pm by stonebankblog

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It was one of those silky summer evenings — comfortably warm with a gentle breeze when we arrived at Butte Saint Paul.

We scrambled up the sharp incline — to  the top of this 2,280 foot  hill —  just as the sun was setting and were treated to a marvelous panoramic view of the prairie to the south and  some green undulating hills and ravines to the west. Gorgeous. We had the view to ourselves.

There’s a nice bit of history about the naming of this butte in 1850 by a missionary who got lost in a blizzard. The butte is now a state recreation area.

As you know,  the Stone Bank blog loves all things stone, so we were pleased to see the 12-foot tall  stone cairn at the butte’s summit. Sadly, it is surrounded by a chain link fence, but still striking, with some petrified wood among the stones and a cross at the top.

As luck would have it, we got a cherry on top of our Sunday view —  as we drove away, a gorgeous full moon rose above the plain.