Most Native American tribes that believed this place was sacred called it Bears Lodge. In 1875, an expedition led by Colonel Richard Irving Dodge visited the area and translated the native names into ‘bad gods tower’. The name Devils Tower then cemented its place in the history books. In 2014, there was a petition to officially change the name to Bears Lodge. The NPS says they don’t have authority to change the name of a place. #themoreyouknow#history#bearslodge
We had to tour Robben Island before we left Cape Town and our trip came to a close. It started with a 45 minute boat ride, a bus tour on the island, and then a walking tour with an ex-political prisoner who was housed there for 7 years in the late 80’s into the 90’s. The main attraction in the prison is Nelson Mandela’s cell, pictured towards the end. The island has a truly unique history during the apartheid years, but an even richer history going back hundreds of years.
Easter Scramble on the Rocks of Beacon Island. 🇿🇦🐰 Beacon Island got its name in 1771 from a piece of stinkwood inscribed with the lat and long coordinates of the bay that mariners could use to check their position and chronometers. In 1834 the first leases were obtained to use the island as a whaling station. In 1916 whaling was halted due to the First World War. The first hotel in the island was built in the 1940s and the present day hotel was built in 1972.