Wyoming: Crook County

Crook County (pop. 7,083) is in the northeastern corner of Wyoming, adjacent to Montana and South Dakota.

Both Crook counties (the other is in Oregon) are named for Gen. George R. Crook, who served in the Civil War and Indian Wars.

Gene Hackman played him in “Geronomio” (1993).

The lowest point in Wyoming, 3,099 feet above sea level, is on the Belle Fourche River in Crook County.

Near Devils Tower

Devils Tower was America’s first National Monument, in 1906. It rises 1,267 feet above the surrounding terrain.

Established by President Theodore Roosevelt

The wooden Tower Ladder, constructed in 1893, is on the National Register of Historic Places. It was last used to reach the summit in 1927.

The lowest 100 feet were removed in the 1930s.

Part of Black Hills National Forest is in Crook County.

Ponderosa pine is the most common tree.

The Vore Buffalo Jump is an archeological site along Interstate 90 near the South Dakota border.

An exhibit at the Crook County Museum in Sundance

The county seat of Crook County is Sundance (pop. 1,182), the smallest county seat in Wyoming.

Sundance State Bank (1914), built of local sandstone

Harry Alonzo Longabaugh (1867-1908), the notorious robber of trains and banks, adopted his nickname of the “Sundance Kid” while in the Sundance Jail for horse-thieving in 1887.

The real Sundance Kid

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2 comments on “Wyoming: Crook County

  1. Mary Schlick says:

    I’m glad that neither Oregon’s nor Wyoming’s Crook County was named for a felon. AM
    Do I have to sign in to World Press? Don’t really want to.

  2. John Dodds says:

    you probably forgot about the famous Sundance film festival held here!

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