As many know, the basic structure of the Teepee was originally built for the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympic Games. Following that, it was bought by Rick Filanti and then donated to the City of Medicine Hat. Construction on the site began in 1991 and the Saamis Teepee finally opened in May 1993. During construction the Teepee was given a far more substantial structure and foundation making it able to withstand extreme temperatures and winds of up to 150 mph.
It's since become one of the Hat's most popular landmarks, and gives most other roadside attractions a run for their money.
I made the trip out to the monolith a few different times to build this photo set. Even after seeing it countless times, it's still pretty incredible to stand directly underneath it and hear the wind blow through. Culturally speaking, there are more eccentric roadside attractions out there, but I think we have Pinto beat.
|The Teepee at the Calgary Winter Olympics in 1988.|