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Our Genealogy Helper for Devils Tower ...

We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool that can help us with planning our trips.
  • That it also helps us to understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.

By learning about Devils Tower (and the surrounding area) during the time that our ancestors lived, we hope to have a better understanding of both their community and its relationship to their lifes. We hope that this tool helps to give us an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Devils Tower. While we don't have information that is specific to any given person or family, we intend to expand our understanding about where and how people lived.

Name Variations for Devils Tower ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Our sources include documents like maps, railroad schedules, Travel, Express and Shipping Guides. Many of these documents date from the 1800's and it's common to find spelling differences.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give you a feel for the variations that might have occurred.

While the name of this community is Devils Tower, be aware that it's the common practice of mapmakers to remove the apostrophe from possessive names<1>. So Devils Tower may originally have been Devil's Tower.

Sometimes the trailing 's' might be dropped altogether, in which case Devils Tower might be written as Devil Tower.

If you have information about these names (such as the reason for the change, date of change, the origin of the name), please Contact Us.

Neighboring Counties ...

When searching for family records, we have frequently made the mistake of not checking the neighboring counties.

For example, we have great-grandparents who lived in the southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the east. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the south.

So when searching for records, we had our best success by looking in neighboring counties instead of the county in which they lived:  their home county contained property and probate records; the county to the east contained birth and death records; the county to the south contained their burial records. If we hadn't included the neighboring counties, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.

Devils Tower is located in Crook County.

To see how the shape of Wyoming's counties have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Crook County: Carter (MT), Powder River (MT), Butte (SD), Lawrence (SD), Campbell & Weston.

Below are the counties that are near Devils Tower. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Devils Tower:

  • Crook County     (The home county of Devils Tower)
    • Hulett [Crook County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hulett
      • Hulett [Crook County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<2> to the northeast of Devils Tower
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 426 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hulett
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hulett<3>
    • Carlile [Crook County]
    • Alva [Crook County]
    • Pine Haven [Crook County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pine Haven
      • Pine Haven [Crook County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<2> to the south of Devils Tower
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 559 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pine Haven
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Pine Haven<3>
    • Linden [Crook County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Linden
      • Linden [Crook County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<2> to the south of Devils Tower
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Linden have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Linden
    • Sundance [Crook County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sundance
      • Sundance [Crook County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<2> to the southeast of Devils Tower
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,296 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sundance
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Sundance<3>
    • Aladdin [Crook County]
    • Moorcroft [Crook County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Moorcroft
      • Moorcroft [Crook County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<2> to the southwest of Devils Tower
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,084 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Moorcroft
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Moorcroft<3>
    • Beulah [Crook County]
  • Campbell County
    • Adon [Campbell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Adon
      • Adon [Campbell County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<2> to the west of Devils Tower
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Adon
    • Rozet [Campbell County]
  • Weston County
    • Upton [Weston County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Upton
      • Upton [Weston County] lies 33 miles [53.1 km]<2> to the south of Devils Tower
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,032 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Upton
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Upton<3>
  • Carter County (MT)
  • Lawrence County (SD)
    • Tinton [Lawrence County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tinton
      • Tinton [Lawrence County] was located 35 miles [56.3 km]<2> to the southeast of Devils Tower
      • Estimated population in 2014: 477 people
    • North Spearfish [Lawrence County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for North Spearfish
      • North Spearfish [Lawrence County] lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<2> to the east of Devils Tower
      • Population from the 2010 Census: 2,221 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for North Spearfish have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on North Spearfish

For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to Devils Tower, see our County-by-County Page for Devils Tower.

Newspapers Published in Devils Tower ...

An ongoing effort between the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has resulted in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

To share their results, the partnership has created the Chronicling America website. The goal of this partnership is to assemble a database about the current and historic newspapers of the United States. This includes a growing collection of scanned images from selected papers. All of it available to the public on their website.

Using information that we've taken from the Chronicling America website, we've identified 24 newspapers that have been published in the area around Devils Tower.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Devils Tower, there are papers which were published within 35 miles [56.3 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Devils Tower.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These helpful websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to everyone.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Devils Tower:

  • Of Special Interest ...
    • The GenDisasters website specializes in newspaper articles about tragedies and disasters. While it makes interesting reading all by itself, it should be of special interest to genealogists and family historians looking for people who were either affected by or directly involved in such tragedies.
    • Stories from Montana
    • Stories from South Dakota
    • Stories from Wyoming

Cemeteries Near Devils Tower ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Devils Tower.

This is a new section and is likely to have errors. If you find an error, such as a missing cemetery or we have the wrong name, please let us know. If you know of them, we would also appreciate learning about previous or alternate names.

If you need information about a burial or interment, photos, transcripts, how to contact the cemetery or local authorities, please visit our selection of Genealogy Websites (see below).

If not found below, our Cemetery List for Devils Tower covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Nearby Communities in 1895 ...

We've built the following list with information that came from an Atlas published by Rand McNally in 1895. The Atlas had details such as the population of the community (which appears to have come from the 1890 Census) and whether there was a post office and/or railroad service available. We also indicate if the community no longer exists and is now historic.<7>

While we didn't find Devils Tower in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Devils Tower.

These communities are listed based on their distance from Devils Tower, with the one closest to Devils Tower listed first.

  • Carlile [Crook County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Carlile
    • Carlile [Crook County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<2> to the southwest of Devils Tower
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Carlile had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Carlile
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Carlile<3>
  • Hulett [Crook County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hulett
    • Hulett [Crook County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<2> to the northeast of Devils Tower
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 426 people
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Hulett had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hulett
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hulett<3>
  • Alva [Crook County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Alva
    • Alva [Crook County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<2> to the northeast of Devils Tower
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Alva had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alva
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Alva<3>
  • Linden [Crook County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Linden
    • Linden [Crook County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<2> to the south of Devils Tower
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Linden had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Linden have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Linden
  • Sundance [Crook County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sundance
    • Sundance [Crook County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<2> to the southeast of Devils Tower
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 515 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,296 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Sundance had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sundance
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Sundance<3>
  • Moorcroft [Crook County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Moorcroft
    • Moorcroft [Crook County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<2> to the southwest of Devils Tower
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,084 people
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Moorcroft had a post office and railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Moorcroft
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Moorcroft<3>
  • Thornton [Weston County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Thornton
    • Thornton [Weston County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<2> to the south of Devils Tower
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Thornton had railroad service and no post office
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Thornton have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Thornton

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Devils Tower. See our List of 1890's Communities around Devils Tower.

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Devils Tower. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for State of Wyoming: www.wyo.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>It's generally believed that possessive apostrophes are removed to prevent confusion on maps where the apostrophe may be confused with a cartographic symbol. While this is generally true, it's not uncommon to find possessive apostrophes in administrative names (such as towns or counties).
<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Devils Tower) to Point B.If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Devils Tower. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Devils TowerOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Devils Tower. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 44.5886, Longitude: -104.6986    
<3>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<4>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<5>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website: findagrave.com.
<6>An 'estimated' location is one where we have been given GPS coordinates, but are unable to verify the accuracy of those coordinates. That said, we have some confidence that we have placed the marker near the actual location. A typical reason for being unable to verify a location is that it might be on private property or maybe historic and gone without an obvious trace.
<7>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Devils Tower, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






















 

 

 

 

 


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