Butte Saint Paul State Recreation Area Article

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Butte Saint Paul
State Recreation Area
Map showing the location of Butte Saint Paul State Recreation Area
Map showing the location of Butte Saint Paul State Recreation Area
Location in North Dakota
Location Bottineau County, North Dakota
Nearest city Dunseith
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 Latitude and Longitude:

48°51′06″N 100°11′45″W / 48.85167°N 100.19583°W / 48.85167; -100.19583
[1]
Area10 acres (4.0 ha)
Elevation2,280 ft (690 m) [1]
EstablishedJune 28, 1933
Governing body North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department
Website Butte Saint Paul State Recreation Area

Butte Saint Paul State Recreation Area is a 10-acre (4.0 ha) North Dakota state park unit located northwest of Dunseith in Bottineau County. The park encompasses 580-foot (180 m) 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

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

  1. ^ a b "Butte Saint Paul". Geographic Names Information System. United States 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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