Butte Saint Paul State Recreation Area

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Coordinates: 48°51′06″N 100°11′45″W / 48.85167°N 100.19583°W / 48.85167; -100.19583
Butte Saint Paul State Recreation Area
North Dakota State Park
Country United States
State North Dakota
County Bottineau
Elevation 2,280 ft (695 m) [1]
Coordinates 48°51′06″N 100°11′45″W / 48.85167°N 100.19583°W / 48.85167; -100.19583 [1]
Area 10 acres (4 ha)
Dedication June 28, 1933
Management North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department
Location in North Dakota
Website: Butte Saint Paul State Recreation Area

Butte Saint Paul State Recreation Area is a state park unit of North Dakota, United States, containing 580-foot (180 m) Butte Saint Paul. It is located in Bottineau County northwest of the community of Dunseith. The park encompasses 10 acres (4.0 ha) surrounding historic Butte Saint Paul. A 12-foot (3.7 m) stone cairn and commemorative plaque sit atop the peak. Visitors can take in expansive views of the surrounding Turtle Mountain region.[2]

History[edit]

In January 1850, Jesuit missionary Georges-Antoine Belcourt and a small traveling party survived a blizzard by digging into the snow atop the peak. Belcourt erected a wooden cross on the summit and christened the peak Butte Saint Paul, as that day was the Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul the Apostle. The remains of the cross were rediscovered in the 1930s and were commemorated with a stone cairn and the declaration of a 10-acre (4.0 ha) state park.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Butte Saint Paul". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ a b "Butte Saint Paul State Recreation Area". North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department. Retrieved 2012-09-28. 

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