WY Sen. introduces bill to protect against Devils Tower name change
WASHINGTON — Wyoming Senator Cynthia Lummis has introduced a bill to protect Devils Tower National Monument, as efforts have been made in recent years to change the name of the well-known landmark. In 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt proclaimed Devils Tower as the first national monument in the United States.
“Devils Tower is one of the most iconic sights In Wyoming. It’s the first national monument in the United States, and a place of significance for everyone who sees it, from the tourists who visit to the native peoples and Wyoming residents who live nearby. Devils Tower is well known across the country and around the world as a historical and cultural landmark, and it is critical that we maintain its legacy and its name.”
Petitioners have been asking the U.S. Board on Geographic Names to rename Devils Tower since 2005. The board hasn’t taken action because of the Devils Tower Protection Bill. Since the bill is under Congressional consideration, the board cannot make its own decision on the issue. As a result, whether the bill becomes law or not, the name cannot be changed.
The monument attracts more than half a million visitors each year, serving as an important part of the state and regional economy.