It was named the 7th National Park in 1903 by President Theodore Roosevelt.
It’s actually a pretty small cave in terms of square mileage. However, there are levels upon levels of tunnels, one on top of another. It’s actually called the most dense cave in the world.
And this is the natural opening. It blows out cold air like an air conditioner.
The hole was small. Small enough, that our guide says she’s seen 180 pound guys barely fit through it.
Thankfully, we didn’t have to go through the natural opening. We went through a door, or more specifically, an air lock.
Another reason it’s so special, is that it’s one of the only caves in the world that has what’s called Boxwork. According to our guide 95% of the worlds Boxwork formation is found in Wind Cave.
It’s also known for having Frostwork. Frostwork, kinda looks like patchy frosting on the roof of the cave.
It kinda reminds me of bird poop…
If birds could poop up…
The first tours that were ever given were done by candlelight by an 18 year old named Alvin MacDonald in February of 1892 for 1$. He loved the cave and even kept a cave journal. He had been exploring the cave since he was 16 & discovered and mapped out the first 8 – 10 miles of the cave. Alvin died less than 2 years later, at the age of 20 in December of 1893, of typhoid fever. His exploration and mapping was so extensive that it wasn’t until 70 years after his death that major new passageways were discovered.
That was one thorough dude.
May God bless your socks off, as He has ours!