Inyan Kara Mountain

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Inyan Kara Mountain
Inyan Kara Mountain is located in Wyoming
Inyan Kara Mountain
Inyan Kara Mountain is located in the United States
Inyan Kara Mountain
Nearest citySundance, Wyoming
Coordinates44°12′45″N 104°20′40″W / 44.21250°N 104.34444°W / 44.21250; -104.34444Coordinates: 44°12′45″N 104°20′40″W / 44.21250°N 104.34444°W / 44.21250; -104.34444
Area480 acres (190 ha)
NRHP reference #73001929[1]
Added to NRHPApril 24, 1973
Inyan Kara Mountain
Highest point
Elevation6,368 feet (1,941 m)
LocationWyoming, US
Parent rangeBear Lodge Mountains, part of the Black Hills
Topo mapUSGS Black Hills

Inyan Kara Mountain (Lakota: Íŋyaŋ Káǧa, Rock Gatherer[2] ) is a mountain associated with the Bear Lodge Mountains of Crook County, Wyoming (part of the Black Hills) that is considered sacred by the Lakota people, particularly for mothers in childbirth. Inyan Kara stands apart from the main body of the Black Hills, with an elevation of 6,368 feet (1,941 m). The mountain was stated to rumble on quiet days by the local Native Americans and by early explorers. No mention of the noises are found after 1833; the noise has been attributed to gas escaping from burning coal seams.[3]

The peak was visited by George Armstrong Custer during Custer's 1874 Black Hills Expedition, reaching the summit on July 23.[3]

The peak was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.[1]

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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  2. ^ "American Indian Sacred Sites". Black Hills National Forest. U.S Forest Service. Retrieved 1 June 2012.
  3. ^ a b Junge, Mark (1971). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory - Nomination Form: Inyan Kara Mountain". National Park Service. Retrieved 18 August 2010.

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